Compassionate Love Blog: Displaying compassion for those who fight mental illness, addiction, and abuse (c)2018 Nancy Virden, Always the Fight Ministries
A Redeemer is a person who buys back, or exchanges payment for goods. Redeeming a coupon is to exchange the promise of a discount for the desired item itself. A redeemer may pay a ransom, or make a sacrificial offering for the life of another.
Redemption is the act of correcting, or compensating for defects and faults. It can refer to the act of Jesus in freeing Christians from sin. In this way, Jesus is my Redeemer. However, I want to express all the ways (at least the ones that will fit on a short list) he has redeemed me.
He is the redeemer of my life. In at least seven situations I could have died. Some were more touch and go than others, but every one had real potential to end my life. Each threat of death has led to decisions to push forward and live meaningfully.
He is the redeemer of my time. Years pass and I wonder if my time here has been useful. It is too easy to recall mistakes and downright harmful choices. I do know he has the grace to use even my faults for his glory. My time is not done, either.
He is the redeemer of my soul. There is no greater darkness than that of a lost soul. I know, I used to have one. Jesus stands as my Savior and Advocate, and restores me when I repent of sin. This earthly life is temporary, and one day, in His time, we will be in heaven together. My soul is forever his.
“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives…”
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NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental and behavioral health challenges. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
If you are struggling emotionally today or feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. (for international emergency numbers, go here ), or go to your nearest emergency room. Do not be alone. Hope and help are yours.