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How to find a secular and spiritual redemption.

Updated on April 24, 2014

How can there be such symmetry and balance?

The strong tree stands against the horizon and somehow just gives hope.
The strong tree stands against the horizon and somehow just gives hope. | Source

Redeeming is not just for coupons ;-)

Why even care about redemption, is it only Biblical?

Redemption has as its’ root redeem. To redeem is to pay for or do something in order to gain something or get something back. Redemption is the finality of that redeeming. Redemption of a moral and spiritual base is to “gain it back”. Just assume we are all good. There are two sides to the ledger sheet. We must not keep a tally of others but must keep one of ourselves. To be sure we can also just forgive debt in including ones to ourselves but that is not a good as redemption.

So let us take a look at the road to redemption with ourselves and with others, but most importantly with the notion of morality and being good.

There is a term “man up”, I have even heard many women use it. It means to do the right thing no matter the consequences. It is where I can’t and I don’t want to fall completely by the wayside. Redemption is anything but,,, the easy path. It is not just the “road less travelled” it is the road that is harder to travel.

Of course we will here the redemption song by Bob Marley. Redemption is not just Biblical it is moral by ethical standards. It part of our Ubuntu or our humanness. It is worthy of our praise, adoration and striving. Shall we begin down the road of redemption?

Realization requires actually attempting to pay attention to the cause and effect of our actions.

A man confessed what part he had done wrong with his ex-wife and what he would work to change. The wife said she had done nothing wrong and would not change a thing about herself or her actions. Of course life is hard and soon she changed her mind on such matters. Which was good for it had made the man very sad that she could not see herself for he still loved her. You see he saw the faults but loved her anyway. She was afraid that if she saw her own faults like she did in others she likewise would not love herself.

In seeking self-realization we must be ready and prepared to see our faults and love ourselves anyway.

You can got anywhere from Self Realization Fellowship with a yogi, to twelve step programs to a shrink to get some self-realization and that may be helpful. But what we are talking about is different.

This is simply the awareness that we are not perfect and we have faults and make mistakes. Once we realize that then we can see our faults and love ourselves enough to move onto repentance.

Justify does not just mean to argue your point.

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Repentance isn't just for religion anymore.

Repentance is the notion of turning around.

Oh it sounds all heavy and very religious. But really!? When we come to realize that we can make mistakes then we also open our eyes and realize we can do better. In order to do better we must change our direction to some degree. Repentance is that.

One of my favorite definitions of all times is one for insanity; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That is so me. It leads to such thoughts as “why can’t she just ……..”. Which distracts us from “why can’t I just…….”. Capturing that thought is the beginning of understanding repentance.

For interest let us take a Biblical use of repentance. Our teacher friend Jesus used it in a wonderful way here: "The time has come," Jesus said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:15, NIV). Clearly He is using it to say “change your heart and mind from not believing in the good news to believing in the good news.” Greek had several words for repentance. They for they did not see a change of heart necessarily leading to a change of actions. Very interesting. And that takes us right up to restitution.

What freedom are you looking for? If you are looking for real freedom free your self from your mind.

Look for it, Here comes freedom!

What does restitution really mean?

Clearly paying someone back what you owe them is the best place to start understanding restitution. But it must be deeper than that. It must be done with apologetics. Do not confuse how we use that term here with justification of past actions. It is to “justify” that ledger. Yes at its’ core “justify” means to balance the books. (hence Lady Justice is blindfolded yet holding scales).

So think of Jusification as used in restitution as getting your pros and cons inventory back to balanced at least. (as we all know it is good to have some savings so we should try to tip those scales a bit in favor of the pros)

But we have two serious questions here: 1. how do we give restitution for emotional pain we caused and 2. How do we give restitution to ourselves? If you are spiritual in the, having a God sense, you have a third issue here which we do not address here.

  1. To answer this we go back to repentance and change our ways and we dig deep and figure the problem out with the other person. Some things cannot be repaid in kind they must be repaid through a different medium. In our research we have found that the causing of pain to another is best repaid by the showing of kindness to that person. And do not kid yourself, that kindness might be a check for dollars and cents. Paying for actual damage done or advantage taken is obvious and easy.
  2. The only way to pay yourself back is to follow through on that repentance. And here is why. Remember we started off that ledger as though we were good to begin with. Doing good and being good is where we find our balance. It just is. If you do good and be good all day long you are simply balanced. And being balanced is a great way to feel and live. And this allows you to heal from your own self destructive ways, and that is a great pay back Jack.

So restitution is about finding that balance of where you were headed and where you would really like to go.

Let evening fall upon you in peace, peace of mind.

The only thing we really own is our soul.
The only thing we really own is our soul. | Source

It just happens. And it is great.

And so we have reached redemption.

We must say you already look better and happier. Oh dear we just gave it away. You have now redeemed yourself. Paid back the old in exchange for the new. You have made a conscious decision to find your wrongs, change the way you operate, clear up the balance sheet and presto magico you are redeemed.

Now you might need some help with some of this stuff, it is not always easy. A very famous teacher once said to the effect “my burden is light, give me some of your weight”. Find that friend now. If it is a God that is fantastic. If it is a dog, fine. It may even be that sharing your burden with someone you have just given restitution to, would be an act of kindness as they may need some work on their balance sheet also. This is basically a trust issue. Perhaps that gives us an insight as to why, really, “In God We Trust” is on our currency.

Let us wrap this bad boy article up with some happy music. Know that you are loved and we only want for you to love yourself.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim that comment is better than my whole hub -- muchas gracias.

      If we stop growing we start dying is my thought. If you cannot admit an error how the heck can you fix it? And if you can't fix it, you cannot grow. I think that is why I like younger folk so (at least at heart)

      I'll be in OC in a week and then the big GC for a hike. Sending good intentions out there to the land of Enchantment.

    • Tim Knowles profile image

      Tim Knowles 

      4 years ago from Gallup, New Mexico

      Here's one for you. I've been a counselor for 16 years and one of my key rules for mental health is this: Can and will you apologize if you do wrong? I can say that the people I know who NEVER apologize for doing wrong are the ones who have the most difficulty in getting along with others. They tend to set themselves up as either perfect or so bunkered down in defense mechanisms that they see or reveal their true selves. Never apologizing, for me at least, is a very troubling sign. Not that I was ever great at apologizing, but once you do it, it's like that spring plunge into the chilly waters of Oak Creek: it's shocking, but all cleansing.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora thank you, I am struggling. I am sure it will be revealed soon what I should be doing. As for now I just get after it, best I can.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Careful there friend some people do not like nice ;-)

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I thought you said you gave up preaching; if you did, then what you're doing now must be better than preaching. You really drove this message home about repentance, redemption and the freedom that results. Thank you and voted up!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I treat others as I would be treated. I'll take my chances with that resume when I die. :)


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