REDEMPTION {30 Days of Thanks}

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DAY 12: REDEPMTION 
Colossians 1:13-14

Redemption is defined at WebsterDictionary.com as

The act of making something better or more acceptable.
The act of making up for.
An exchange for something of value.

Ephesians 1:7 says “In him (Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace."

God designed and created us and loved us before we were even conceived (Psalm 139).  Yet, we were born into sin because of the fall of mankind (Genesis 3).  Due to sin and the payment required for the forgiveness of sins, Jesus Christ paid the sin payment by giving His own life.  He gave Himself in exchange for the death that we deserve.  He “makes up” the difference between our best and His Best. 

Grace fills in the gaps. God's grace is rich.

There is no way we can ever be good enough to receive salvation in our own capacity to be good.  Jesus takes our “good” and makes it better, more acceptable by providing Himself in our place.  He exchanged His life so that we can have His.

RESPOND:
Do you still think you are a “good person” and that God will accept you because of your good works?  Jesus said that He is the only way to a right relationship with the Father (John 14:6).  All of us have sinned and fall short of God’s perfect standard (Romans 3:23).
The payment that our sin deserves is death (Romans 6:23).


Will you pause today to consider if you have allowed Jesus to be the payment for your sin? Have you surrendered to His plan for your salvation?  He has provided the redemption.  All you must do is receive it. 


The Word Worship Prayer
These are my Roots