Idly, sitting in church one morning and the song leader started singing, “I’m redeemed”! As that song registered in my mind, I started thinking to myself, “I too have been redeemed”! The Holy Spirit was certainly moving in the church while singing that song which brought tears to my eyes. Looking back over my life and all the trials and tribulations I faced, I never thought I would be where I am today.
God can do the impossible and can make some changes in your life if you want it. Redemption means to free someone from bondage. It often involves the paying of a ransom, a price that makes redemption possible. The Israelites were redeemed from Egypt. We are redeemed from the power of sin and the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13) through Jesus (Romans 3:24; Colossians 1:14).
We were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23). Originally, the payment of a price to secure the release of a prisoner of war, the word came to be used also of the release of a slave and sometimes of a person under sentence of death (Exodus 21:28-30). Christ death on the cross was the payment of a ransom price (Mark 10:45) by which sinners were set free.
Now that we are redeemed, we must live as free people (Galatians 5:1). I’ve learned that the Bible is a book of redemption. God wants us to communicate the story through His Word. There are so many life changing situations we have when we become redeemed. By God’s grace, I have been redeemed.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,-Ephesians 1:7
We’ve all been there, feeling guilty for having sinned against God. Feeling tired of saying sorry to Him but committing the same sins or worse over again. We beat ourselves up and think of thoughts not according to the will of God. Then, the enemy attacks us by using our own thoughts to condemn us. As much as we don’t want to, we will make mistakes. We will commit sins. We will break God’s heart again and again. We will repent, then break His heart some more. That’s the reality as long as we are human and living in our earthly bodies.
No one is perfect. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”- Romans 3:23 But the awesome thing about God is that He forgives us if we repent wholeheartedly (and we should not use this as an excuse to willfully sin and disobey Him time and time again). The good news is….It’s not too late for God to work wonders through.
God is no respector of persons! He loves and treats us all the same. Stay focused!
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