Throughout the Bible we see countless stories of redemption. We see God forgive and redeem people time and time again.
Abraham doubted God and slept with his wife’s servant to have a child, yet he is still the father of God’s people
Moses killed a man, yet God still used him to set His people free.
David slept with Bathsheba and had her husband killed, yet he is known as a man after God’s own heart.
Jonah ran from God, yet God still used him to share His Word with the people in Nineveh.
Peter denied Jesus three times, yet God still used him to share the Good News.
Paul persecuted and killed Christians, yet God still used Paul to share the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
These are just a few of the stories of redemption in the Bible. God takes people from their lowest points, forgives them, redeems them, and uses them to complete His will. This is true for me and for you today. God is still working and He will always love us.
That is the beautiful thing about God’s love for us; it is unconditional. No matter what you have done, God will always forgive you. No matter how far you have run from God, He will always welcome you back with open arms just like the prodigal son.
Not only does God extend grace, forgive us, and welcome us back, but He redeems us. Redemption is “the deliverance from bondage based on the payment of a price by a redeemer”, and that redeemer is Jesus Christ. He paid the price for our sins by dying a shameful sinner's death on the cross. He was the ultimate payment. He died in yours and my place to offer us salvation. He changes our hearts and transforms our lives. God takes us from death to life.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Do not let the guilt and shame of your past, and your sins, keep you from the Lord. Throw down your baggage at the feet of the Father. Let Him break the chains binding you to your sin, guilt, or shame. You are no longer a slave to those things. Run to the Father and let him welcome you with open arms. Let him redeem you. Let him change your heart and life. Let Him work in and through you. You are never too far gone.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
By: Peyton Thompson
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