Never Beyond: You Are More…You’ve Been Redeemed

People of the Second Chance have posted their next in the Never Beyond series:  More Than Your Mistakes.   Today I am looking in the mirror at myself.  Are my past deeds too bad that I’m beyond redemption?  Have I done unforgivable things?

The Bible says, “Yes, I am beyond redemption”.  My sin separates me from God.  Sin is punishable by death.

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins – Ephesians 2:1

But, because of a loving God and His Son, we are now never beyond redemption, IF I chose to accept the wonderful gift of salvation.

  and through him God reconciled everything to himself.  He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. 

This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. – Colossians 1:20-22

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace  – Ephesians 1:7

He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever.  Holy and awesome is his name! – Psalm 111:9

How much easier can it be?  I’ve done it:  I admit I’m a sinner, believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and I confess that I’ve sinned and that I need a Savior.  I can not be my own savior.  I am a very flawed creature.  I am not a god.  I gave my heart to God.  I work on my relationship with Him to get to know Him better.

Listen to Tenth Avenue North; they say it better than I can.

You Are More– sung by Tenth Avenue North
Mike Donehey/Jason Ingram

There’s a girl in the corner with tear stains on her eyes
From the places she’s wandered and the shame she can’t hide
She says, “How did I get here? I’m not who I once was,
and I’m crippled by the fear that I’ve fallen too far to love.”

But don’t you know who you are
What has been done for you
Don’t you know who you are

You are more than the choices that you’ve made
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes
You are more than the problems you create
You’ve been remade

Well she tries to believe it that she’s been given new life
But she can’t shake the feeling that it’s not true tonight
She knows all the answers and she’s rehearsed all the lines
So she’ll try to do better but then she’s too weak to try

‘Cause this is not about what you’ve done
But what’s been done for you
This is not about where you’ve been
But where your brokenness brings you to
This is not about what you feel but He felt to forgive you
And what He felt to make you new

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