Whole-Hearted – Living in Freedom

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What does it mean to be whole-hearted? We usually think of being whole as unbroken or uninjured. Since we have experienced brokenness or injury during our life, we wonder if our hearts can be restored to wholeness. Is it possible to have a whole heart?

Whole-Hearted Learning

I appreciate how Sally Clarkson describes whole hearted learning. She says, “Whole-hearted learning is simply cooperating with God’s eternal design for your family, home, and children. It is all about discipleship, whole books, and real life. It is the whole picture – you, your children, your home, and God.”1

Whole-Hearted Living

Being whole-hearted is “marked by complete earnest commitment: free from all reserve or hesitation. It is completely and sincerely devoted, determined, or enthusiastic.”2

Living from a whole heart means we are not shackled by the past, tethered by the present, or imprisoned by fear for the future. We are free to have a vibrant relationship with God and other people because we are free from shackles, tethers, chains, and bondage. We can be whole. We are free to pursue the desires of our hearts. Our soul is at liberty to dwell in peace and rest.

Whole-Hearted Devotion

When we worship God with “all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind,”3 then we are in communion with God, Who is Love. And no matter what is happening in the world around us, we “live, move, and have our being”4 in Him and His Love.

It is like swimming in a pool. No matter what is happening on the land, we are free to move in the weightlessness of the clear blue water. Dive in and give Him your all. He is worthy!

Help me, God, to walk in the Spirit and to be led by the Spirit and to live by the Spirit! ~Blackaby5

How will you pursue living whole-heartedly? Are there any shackles from your past that need to be removed? Are there any present-day tethers or ropes that need to be cut? Does fear for the future paralyze you?

Run with me! Let us pursue loving Him from a whole heart! “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”6

Jesus paid a high price for our freedom; let us live unbound, unfettered, unchained, and loosed in His liberty.

Living from a whole heart means we are not shackled by the past, tethered by the present, or imprisoned by fear for the future. ~Lisa Blair

Recommendations:

Love (Fruit for Freedom) Love – One of 9 Fruits of the Spirit – Strength with Dignity

You can read about Love as a garment we wear Love – One of 8 Garments to Wear – Strength with Dignity

You can also read about the 4 Types of Love that C.S. Lewis mentioned and what love is and is not from 1 Corinthians 13 4 Types of Love – Strength with Dignity

References:

1 Clarkson, Clay and Sally. Educating the Wholehearted Child. Amazon book description. Retrieved October 4, 2021, from https://www.amazon.com/Educating-Wholehearted-Child

2 Merriam Webster Dictionary. [Online] Retrieved October 4, 2021, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wholehearted

3 Luke 10:27 WEB

4 Acts 17:28 WEB

5 Blackaby, Henry, Richard, Thomas, Melvin, and Norman. Encounters with God – The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians. Thomas Nelson, 2008. [Kindle Edition]

6 John 8:36 NASB

New American Standard Bible. Copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.

Bible Scriptures were retrieved October 4, 2021, from https://www.biblegateway.com #bgbg2 #BibleGateway

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6 thoughts on “Whole-Hearted – Living in Freedom”

  1. Beautiful. So many Christians struggle with letting go of the sins of their past. I know I did when I was first saved, and I still feel remorse when those thoughts come to my mind, but then I remember it is the past and Jesus paid the price. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I’m so thankful He paid the price for our sins, and that He made a way for us to walk in freedom. He is so good to us!

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