I know that a ransom and a bounty are not really the same thing but I am going to treat them as such. Jesus paid the bounty for our wayward hearts to be turned to God. No one in this world is forced to turn their hearts around and give them over to God. Yet He still paid the bounty for us. And once we accept the gift the bounty becomes the ransom, or the retribution for our sins.
After I accept the payment I can live on in this world the way I want to. God would hope that it would be in a manner that is pleasing to Him, but He still doesn't "force" that on us. Paul says...
We should want to live a life that is pleasing to God, in honor of the unimaginable gift that was given to us. I lived a season away from God, He wasn't the one who "left", I was! I knew He was still right there with me, and I knew He saw me, I even prayed to Him sometimes. I just didn't live a life even remotely pleasing to Him or myself for that matter. It wasn't that I was living terribly bad, I just was not where I needed to be with God. I let my relationship with Him fall away.
My life today is still not where I would like it to be in regard to Christ, I am working on it. I am trying to live a life that is worthy of the sacrifice that was made, even though I don't have to and could never meet the requirements. That is why Christ paid the bounty and my retribution for me! I am so Thankful He did!
Thanks for Reading. God Bless You All!