Sliding Backwards into Sin & Struggle

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver to gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect" 1 Peter 1:18-19.

There is an old worship song that has been stuck in my head for a while now, it goes: "I've been redeemed. I've been redeemed. Washed and cleaned. I've been redeemed." I have been thinking about the word "redeemed" a lot lately. It's one of those words that we, as Christians, throw around in conversations even when we don't really know the meaning behind it. I finally took the time to look into what it meant. The official definition is: to buy or pay off; clear by payment; to buy back. In Biblical times, it was used when referring to the purchase of a person out of slavery and into freedom.

As Christians, we have been purchased out of a life of slavery (sin) and into freedom with Christ.

This reminds me of the story in the book of Hosea. God told Hosea to go and purchase a prostitute, named Gomer, and make her his wife. Hosea followed the Lord's commands and paid to take Gomer home. She ended up leaving her new life of comfort, security and love that Hosea had given to her, and she went back to her old life of prostitution. Hosea went and bought back something that was already rightfully his.

The Lord does that same with us. So often we walk away from God and this life He has planned for us, and go back to our former ways. But God will continually purchase us back! Gomer was redeemed. We are redeemed.

Thank you, God, for always buying me back, even after all these times I have left you! Help me to remember your redeeming love every day.

WRITTEN BY JILLIAN ALBERT

Sarah Witmer