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Mercy Christian Counseling

NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counseling with Temperament

Counselor's Corner

Counselor's Corner

Redeeming the Time

Posted by mercycounseling on August 29, 2017 at 4:35 AM

Christian, are you awake? If the times we live in seem to be cascading into darker and darker evil, it is not your imagination. Lately I am seeing more and more people who are struggling with decidedly PTSD-like symptoms from being battered on a daily basis by all the crazy things going on in our country and endless news coverage of one horror after another. If there have ever been times in human history to "redeem the time, because the days are evil," this is surely one of them.


There are only two scriptures in the New Testament that use the phrase, "redeeming the time." Those are Ephesians 5:16 and Colossians 4:5. Each passage, when viewed in its complete context, speaks not so much about the evils of the world so much as how Christians are to behave in the midst of it. For complete context, you will need to read Ephesians 4 and 5, and Colossians 4:2-6.


What does it mean to "redeem the time?" Strong's Concordance assigns number 1805 to the word redeeming as it appears in the cited passages: "to buy up, i.e. ransom; fig. to rescue from loss (improve opportunity)--redeem."  Compare this with Dictionary.com which defines redeeming this way: "offsetting or counterbalancing some fault, defect, or the like."


"Redeeming the time, because the days are evil," therefore, implies that our behavior as Christians should in some manner seek to offset or counterbalance the evil around us. Because the evil around us is so great, then our efforts to offset it must be even greater. But how can we do that, and how can an individual's behavior really make a difference? My friends, think not about your tiny effort, but about the sum of millions of tiny efforts that can create an amazing and beautiful web of goodness which will, by its own weight, help to offset the evil. But you must choose to be a thread in that web in order for the greater good to prevail. You, and you, and me, and you and you and so forth.


At home, at work, and at play, we make a difference by our choice to smile at someone; to yield with grace when buffeted and "Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one." (Colossians 4:5-6) 

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