Good morning, friend! It’s the first day back to work after summer and back to the routine of getting up early! I got up this morning, took my puppy out, did some meditation on gratitude, and then started a devotion that prompted me to open up my computer and share!
I have to share a quick pic of Journey though. This pup LOVES pillows! She cracks me up!
For my devotions, I decided to research the word redeemed this morning. I really want another tattoo and the other day the words “Redeemed and Worthy” came to mind as a possible tattoo. I love the idea but I thought, “I’m not sure I could clearly articulate what redeemed means.” So this morning, I set out to do just that.
I. love. what. I’m. finding.
So much that I decided to share with you as I research.
First definition that comes up is: compensate for the faults or bad aspects of something.
My thought: Jesus compensates for all of my faults through his love and death. Good start.
That was from the dictionary. Then “In Christian theology, redemption refers to the deliverance of Christians from sin.”
Another dictionary definition: to free from what distresses or harms; to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental
I know this but all of a sudden, I’m thinking of how this applies very personally to me. If I’m thinking of having it tattooed, it would need to be meaningful and personal right?
What has Jesus delivered me from? To name a few…
What do I want to be delivered from?
In Hebrew, the word redeem means to “buy back” and in the book of Leviticus refers to being bought back out of slavery. I am currently a slave to food. Anxiety plays a large role in my life too, although I work hard to manage it. What would it mean to be redeemed from the slavery of food addiction? I don’t think I could even put into words what it would do for me, my life, my parenting, just about every aspect of my life to be freed from the slavery of food.
Can you see why I wanted to share this word study with you? It’s amazing!
Another benefit of redemption is access, direct access, to our God! When we ask for forgiveness of our sins and believe that Jesus died to save us, we are redeemed, set free from a sinful life and given access to heaven, to God, that can never be broken! Jesus died to redeem us (set us free from) our sins. Our poor choices. He sets us free and makes us a child of God, holy and perfect in God’s eyes! We become so much more, we become what God has always wanted for us!
Another definition I read was “to bring it back from destruction.” Jesus has the power to bring us back from a destructive life, a life of sin. He has the power to bring us back from destructive behaviors and self sabotage. He can take any part of our life where we feel defeated, destroyed, overwhelmed or overcome and buy us back from it. Deliver us. Set us free.
Oh, redeemed, what a beautiful word you are. And Jesus, what a beautiful Savior, to redeem us, set us free, buy us back, deliver us from destruction, free us from distress and harm, to help us overcome those things that are detrimental, and give us total access to God the Father.
Thank you, Jesus!
My friends, what do you need to be redeemed from? Perhaps you will carry this word with you throughout the day or week as well! Think on God’s power and His promises! Happy MONDAY!!!