For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
1 Peter 1:18-19, NIV*
“You were redeemed from the empty way of life...”
These words caught me today. They’re a promise we can rely on when we’re tempted to despair of ever changing and growing in our new life with God.
He has redeemed us, rescued us from the empty way of life. No, He didn’t zap us into instant holiness or godliness, but we can be sure that if we cooperate with His Spirit’s work in our lives and choose to turn from the old empty, self-centred ways, we will change.
He has a lot to do in our lives, and it won’t happen overnight, but the transaction has been done. Ownership of our “house” has changed, and we really are in the “renovation” stage.
God is good.
*New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica
© Janet Sketchley, 2009
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