Posted on December 30, 2019 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
When we think of redemption we immediately think of our salvation and God’s saving grace that has rescued us from well-earned, well-deserved eternal damnation.
Yet there are so many other works of redemption in our daily lives of which we need to stop and take notice. Redemption is to buy back, to get or win back, to free from what distresses or harms, to change for the better; to offset the bad effect of; to make worthwhile. When we consider this definition it is easier to see how that which we consider bad actually can have redemptive value.
For example, suffering in which God’s purposes are accomplished by further conforming us to the image of Jesus Christ, “offsets the bad effect and makes the ‘suffering ‘ worthwhile.” Being pushed beyond our personal limit can be redemptive when it causes us to cease trying and start trusting God. Not being able to see the big picture can be redemptive when it causes us to walk by faith rather than sight.
Sharing our story of struggle and sin can be redemptive when it provides us the opportunity to share with others the transforming grace of God in our lives.
Our own history of pain and hurt can be redemptive when we share God’s comfort and encouragement which we experienced with others that are hurting. Conflict can be redemptive when it causes us to look at the sinfulness of our own hearts and compels us to run to the cross.
There is nothing beyond the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. So no matter how desperate your situation looks today, you are not without hope because God can redeem anything.
Written By Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and provides ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and a women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at email@example.com.
Think About This: “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” – C.S. Lewis
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.