redeem (one)self

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redeem (one)self

To make amends for one's past misdeeds or shortcomings by doing something positive. Matt's grades were not great at the beginning of the semester, but he's totally redeemed himself and gotten A's on every test since. My sister was mad at me for not spending time with her, so I redeemed myself by getting us tickets to see her favorite band.
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This is part and parcel of my faith, as I understand my redeemed self as brother to Jesus, who is the first-born of many brothers and sisters (Romans 8:29).
We focused on those flaws we held in common, listened to scripture together, and reflected on changed behaviors that might reveal our redeemed self. We expressed communal acts of contrition and, in accord with our tradition, were freed from venial sin without the necessity of Confession.