Living Wellness

People-Running-in-GymWhat is Wellness?
Wellness is a broad term that encompasses a myriad of definitions depending on whom you ask.  One dictionary defines wellness as “a healthy state free from disease.”  Another defines wellness as “the quality or state of being healthy in mind, body and spirit, especially as the result of deliberate effort.”  A more encompassing definition of wellness is “being in or achieving an optimal state of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.”  Even though there is no universally accepted definition of wellness, one thing is clear, wellness is multi-dimensional.  There are many dimensions to wellness from emotional to social to environmental to occupational to physical.  One cannot achieve optimal physical health without being in a good emotional or mental state.  Nor can one achieve peak mental health without being in optimum spiritual shape.  Therefore from a totally secular perspective, wellness is the optimization of our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.

What Does The Bible Say About Wellness?
Even though the word “wellness” is not found in the Bible, God has a great deal to say about “wellness.”  God’s desire for us is to experience optimal wellness in the form of perfect health and well-being.  He wants us to be fulfilled and live the abundant life (John 10:10).  God’s wants to make us whole (Mark 10:52).  The word “whole’ is the closest word found in the Word of God relating to wellness.  The Greek translation of “whole” (Soza) means complete, healed, prosperous and redeemed.  “Whole” also means experiencing all the positive emotions such as love, peace and joy, and being in a constant state of thankfulness.  Wholeness is freedom from worry and stress even in the midst of trials and tribulations. 

According to the Word of God, there are 3 dimensions to our being.  We are a spirit, soul and body (1 Thessalonians. 5:23).  Your spirit is the supernatural, nonphysical part of you that is your true self or who you really are.  It is the “heart” of you.  Your spirit is eternal and is separated from your body at death. Your soul is the inner, nonstructural portion of you comprising the mind, emotions, will and personality.  Your soul is responsible for your thinking, reasoning, intellect, decision making and feelings.  The word soul comes from the Greek word, “psuche” meaning psych or mind.  It’s where we get the word “psych” in psychology.  Your body is the natural, measurable physical part of you.  It is comprised of 12 biological systems including the cardiovascular, skeleton, digestive, integumentary, lymphatic, endocannabinoid, excretory, endocrine, reproductive, nervous, muscular and respiratory system.  Your physical body is dominated by your 5 senses meaning it is carnally driven.  Simply put, human beings are a spirit with a soul living in a physical body.

Children-Playing-PixTherefore, wellness, according to the Word of God, is being made whole, complete, perfect and healed in the spirit, soul and body. Your spirit is made whole and complete the moment you accept and believe in the Truth (John 3:16).  This is an instantaneous, one-time event that is based totally on faith.  The Bible calls this event a spiritual rebirth or being born again (John 3:3).  For every born-again believer, the spirit on the inside of them right now is holy, pure, righteous, sinless, perfect, healed and redeemed.  For your spirit, this is the picture of wellness. 

For the believer, however, their soul and body are in the process of being made whole or holy by the Holy Spirit that is living on the inside of them.  This body and soul transformation to wholeness or wellness is progressive and continues until you physically die.  The Bible calls this progressive transformation to wholeness sanctification and continues throughout a born-again believer’s lifetime. At the time of a believer’s death, they are instantly made complete in Christ with a new Heavenly body and renewed soul matching their spirit. 

What is Living Wellness?
“Living Wellness is the releasing of the Born-Again Spirit into your heart, mind (soul), emotions, personality and body.”