The “3Rs”…redeem, restore, renew. Catchy, right? But what exactly do these words mean, in relation to our Christian walk? This question I have asked myself, multiple times…so I eventually ventured into the Word and prayer to find the answer. However, my first stop was, Dictionary.com, and here is what I found…
- Redeem(ed): to buy or pay off; clear by payment
- Renew: revive; reestablish
- Restore: to bring back to former, original, or normal condition
Now, scripture says, in Isaiah 43:1 “Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine”
So, when God says He has redeemed you, what does that really mean?
We were all once slaves to sin with an unplayable debt, in need of some serious saving. God, because of His faithful love, righteousness, and grace wanted the greatest treasure of His creation, mankind, to be reconciled back to Him, so He gave His begotten son (John 3:16), to die for our sins and rise from the dead. The shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross, paid the price for our sins, so that we may stand before God ‘justified’ the moment we trust in Christ to save us with true repentant faith. By His blood we are “bought into” the Kingdom of heaven. Shame and hurt no longer rule our lives…we are no longer burdened by our sins; no longer slaves to them…we are free in Christ!
Romans 3: 24-26 “and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as an atonement, through the shedding of His blood – to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished”
Now that you understand and you believe these Words in your heart, its time to go to God in prayer…talk to the Father, He is waiting…He loves you with and everlasting love! (Jeremiah 31:3)…cast your cares on Him (Psalm 55:22, Matthew 11:28-30).
In addition, God also wants to renew the faith we have in our relationship with Him (Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:8) but, also to restore our joy with Him (Psalm 23:3)
I pray that this reaches someone and you receive it, so you can now be able to walk in the freedom God has given you. Peace and Blessings!