7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
Ephesians 1:7

 

Are you happy being you? Some people struggle with finding happiness in being themselves.

They struggle with feelings and thoughts of being worthless, useless and undeserving of love. If you see yourself less than how God sees you, you have not learned to appreciate and love yourself for who you are in Christ. This makes it difficult for you to trust and enjoy a healthy relationship and friendship with God.

The truth is that God loves you perfectly and will always do. In spite of how you feel about yourself or what you think about yourself, you are loved by God. Irrespective of whether you deserved it or earned it. You were created by God and He loves to bless you with His perfect and over-abundant love.

The sacrificial death of Jesus testifies to this truth, that you are both accepted by God and acceptable to God. God accepted you long before creation — when He had you in His mind to be the object of His love (Ephesians 1:3-6). God finds you acceptable because He sent Jesus to redeem you from your sin and to give you a fresh start with Him.

The Greek word for “redemption” is apolytrōsis which means “securing freedom or release by payment of ransom”. It conveys a quaint idea of buying back something which originally belonged to someone else or returned something to its original owner.

Imagine if a father found his long lost son who was stolen from him, and was sold away as a slave. Despite being made a slave, the father never forgot who his son was to him. And because he knew his son’s worth and true identity, the father had to “buy back” his son so as to restore him to his rightful place. This ultimate act of “buying back” is redemption.

In the light of the gospel, God redeemed us through the precious, spotless blood of His dear Son, Jesus Christ. The Cross demonstrated God’s love towards us and proved the worth that God saw in us. As such, keep asking God for the grace to continue strong and sure in your faith. By knowing and growing in the revelation of your sonship, it will heal you from an orphan spirit and a spirit of rejection.

How do I express my gratitude to God for the blessings I have in Christ?


© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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