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Redemption

By Ldsapologetics
We are all in need of redemption. Some more than others granted but we need redemption none the less.
In suffering the atonement Jesus redeemed all of mankind, because all have fallen short of the glory of God according to the Apostle Paul.
Jesus is representative of the masters son setting His servants free in a parable He preached:

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. John 8:31-38

So while we may all accept our redemption in being square with The Lord we may not be redeemed in the eyes of others. Forgiveness is theirs to give or deny. Should we be forgiven? Yes. Can we make others forgive us? No, they have their agency the same as us.

But Jesus did preach that all should be forgiven which makes sense if as President Monson said in a general conference address called "Love is the Essence of the Gospel" that forgiveness is an indication of love.

Love goes hand in hand with forgiveness. Can you hold a grudge against someone you love or do you wind up holding onto the anger of the grudge?

The Apostle Saul wrote 2/3 of the Bible and yet he was one of the culprits of the killing of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. 

And yet Jesus appeared to Saul to ask "Why are you persecuting me?" And Saul repented of his ways and from that moment on followed Christ and preached His Gospel.

And perhaps the reason Saul changed to Paul is because he was starting a new life so a new name was needed?

The adulteress caught in the act and was about to be stoned when Jesus said "He who is without sin may cast the first stone." Then the angry mob dropped their stones humbled and walked away.

Jesus said "Where are thine accusers? Doth no man condemn thee?" The adulteress said "No man Lord." And that's when Jesus said "Go and sin no more."

The adulteress was not only forgiven, she was redeemed. She was given a clean slate to begin a new life.

Paul was forgiven for killing in the name of God and went on to be the most important and prolific missionary in the history of Christendom and writing most of the New Testament.

Sometimes those with the ugliest pasts can create the most beautiful futures. Familiarity breeds compassion and relating to others, knowing so many of us have hit rock bottom at some point, alows us to bond by our shared pain.

We may all, at some point , been slaves to sin but the masters son has set us free so we are free indeed but I don't think we flip a switch and are magically transformed.

We would all do well to feel the glory of true redemption.

I think it's perfectly acceptable to just focus on being a better person than you were yesterday. Over time we will make progress and day by day we learn to stay on the right path walking closer and closer out of the darkness and into the light.

Redemption


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