I have been pondering the concept of redemption. Certainly we are all sinners. If not for the salvation that God offers us through Christ's sacrifice on the cross, none of us would experience salvation. How can we begin to understand God's design for the redemption that man is so desperately in need of?
For us to be redeemed means that we are released from our sin. But for this to take place, there must be a payoff. Redemption is God's way of reuniting sinful man to Himself. It is the means by which we are forgiven and able to fellowship with God and receive salvation.
One question that periodically permeates my thoughts is, "Why does God even allow us to have the free choice to sin?" God has infinite wisdom. He allowed it for a motivation we may never comprehend, but it is important to remember: God was not taken by surprise when sin entered the world, nor when we sin today. He has reasons within His holy purposes, even if they are only known to Him. In spite of the suffering sin would cause, God allowed it to come into heaven and then into earth. It demonstrates our free choice and the value we have as redeemed individuals.