“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,” Ephesians 1:7
The Christian life does not guarantee that we are spiritually immune to slipping, falling, hurting ourselves and/or others. But, through our faith in Jesus Christ, there is a process in which the unpleasant sounding word of “sin” can be replaced by one that gives much comfort, assurance, hope, and peace. That word is “redemption.”
Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “redemption” as follows: “The act of redeeming; rescue; ransom; that which redeems; salvation.” Redemption is the process of being rescued or brought back to the safety of the fold. Redemption brings us to a place of rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
How wonderful to know that God loves us enough to rescue us time and time again when we fail Him. In human thinking, we might compare it to that of a parent who has gone through many difficult situations with a wayward or rebellious child. Any loving parent will freely give the love that is deep within their hearts to that son or daughter and welcome them home with open arms. This is what God does for us. Jesus is our Shepherd. He cares for His sheep and He will always rescue the one who has gone astray and return that precious one to the safety of the fold.
How thankful I am to say that I have been redeemed and am not the person I used to be. Even more importantly, I am thankful that I am not yet who I will be, for God is not finished with me yet!
PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for redeeming me through your Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, thank you for loving me, for saving me, and for walking with me through this life. You are everything to me and I love you. Please bless each person reading this message and bring hope and restoration where needed. Give peace and comfort in every situation that might arise in each of our lives. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.