Jesus purchased our debt freedom on the cross!
You were dead in sins, and your sinful desires were not yet cut away. Then he gave you a share in the very life of Christ, for he forgave all your sins, and blotted out the charges proved against you, the list of his commandments which you had not obeyed. He took this list of sins and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross. Colossians 2:13-14 TLB
What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘debt’? Shame, guilt, or heaviness? Duty or obligation? Something we have to do to make things right, or something to be paid back? Debt makes us long to be free…to experience a release.
When most people think of debt, it involves money. Yet there’s more to debt than credit cards or mortgages. There’s a kind of debt that’s worse than borrowing money from a friend or family member, because we owed God a debt of sin that we couldn’t pay. It was the cost of not keeping every single one of His commandments, or legal demands. It was the cost of being spiritually dead. Separated from God. Bankrupt. Sin stood between us and the relationship that God desired to have with us.
What if our sin was written on paper like a mortgage? Would we owe God one billion dollars or more? Would it be possible to repay?
Here is the good news! Instead of God expecting payment from us, He sent Jesus to repay our debt, and Jesus nailed it to the cross. So now there is nothing left for us to pay. Because of His great love for us, Jesus has forgiven us for all our sins, wrongdoings and mistakes. Every single sin is completely erased and forgiven.
Now pause and re-read the Scripture above. Not only did Jesus take our penalty and forgive us, He blotted out the charges that were against us! They have been marked “Paid In Full.” Isn’t that beautiful!
In God’s eyes, there’s no dark cloud hanging over us. The account has been balanced. That’s real debt freedom!
Lord, I am so grateful that you paid the price for my sins, every single one of them, past, present and future. You no longer hold anything against me and nothing can separate me from Your love. Help me to forgive myself as You have forgiven me, so that I can experience more of Your freedom.