The Secret Power to Redeeming the Time by Loammi Diaz

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The Greek word exagorazo (Strong's Concordance #G1805), translated as "redeeming" in Ephesians and ...
The Greek word exagorazo (Strong's Concordance #G1805), translated as "redeeming" in Ephesians and Colossians, means to rescue something from loss or redeem it. It can also mean to pay a price to recover (reclaim) something from another (Thayer's Greek Definitions). The words "redeem" and "redeeming" occur in at least 59 places in the King James Bible, with the overwhelming majority of uses found in the Old Testament. Additionally, in the KJV, the English word "time" appears in at least 563 verses. Interestingly, the apostle Paul uses the phrase in question at least twice in Scripture. In the book of Ephesians he states, "So then, take heed that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as those who are wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. For this reason, do not be foolish, but understanding what the will of the Lord is" (Ephesians 5:15 - 17) Paul admonishes us to redeem the time in our lives because "the days are evil," meaning that humans in general are under the rule and deceptions of Satan the devil (John 12:31, Ephesians 2:2, 6:12). He admonishes Christians to not idly sit by and let the darkness of this world dictate events but rather to make a conscious choice to do good works and let the light of God shine through them (Matthew 5:14 - 16). Even if evil personally comes upon us, we are commanded to not respond in kind but instead overcome it by doing what is right (Romans 12:20 - 21). What are some concrete examples of how Christians can redeem the time as God wants us to do? Some of the many things believers can do are as follows. We can do our Father's will (Ephesians 5:17). We can encourage other people in their Christian walk and selflessly serve them (Ephesians 5:18, 21, Galatians 6:10). We can meet with fellow believers in order to worship and praise the Eternal together (Ephesians 5:18). We can regularly thank God, through Christ, for his blessings and calling (verse 20). Additionally, we can redeem the time but not repaying evil for