2Cor. 13:9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.
Let’s face it, we are all pretty goofed up. Why would I say that? First of all we are all born flawed. Our very nature is twisted and distorted as a result of our fallen nature. It just gets worse from there. All our lives have been spent either being victims or victimizing others, both positions have their consequences. What is the solution? Redemption. You see redemption starts with forgiveness but doesn’t stop there. It goes much farther. The Lord is not content with just forgiveness, He wants restoration and wholeness. Here is a brief word study from Dick Mills describing the healing power of God and how it effects our souls.
“complete, katartisis: An improving, equipping, training, disciplining. It includes making the necessary adjustments and repairs. From the word katartizo: To arrange, set in order, equip, adjust, complete what is lacking, make fully ready, repair, prepare. The word is a combination of kata, “down,” and artios, “complete,” “fitted.” It is used for the disciples’ mending their nets and for restoring a fallen brother.”
So from the day we are saved the Lord begins adjusting and repairing. The work happens by the touch of God in our lives through the written word, the spoken word, and the anointing. Adam Clarke describes this in his comments on this verse.
“to fit or adapt, signifies the reducing of a dislocated limb to its proper place; and hence, as Beza says on this passage: “The apostle’s meaning is, that whereas the members of the Church were all, as it were, dislocated and out of joint, they should be joined together in love; and they should endeavor to make perfect what was amiss among them, either in faith or morals. It is a metaphor, also, taken from a building; the several stones and timbers being all put in their proper places and situations, so that the whole building might be complete, and be a proper habitation for the owner.”
The atmosphere for this healing and restoration to take place is the church community. It is in loving one another and applying the word and the Spirit on a personal level to the hurting that this adjusting and repairing begins to take effect. So no matter how goofed up we may be there is recovery and healing in His word and His body.