When the economy starts taking a turn and people are struggling financially, there’s often talk of loan forgiveness. Debt can have such a debilitating effect on our lives and it seems like the easy solution to just forgive all the loans. How cool would that be?
The only catch is if you're the person who is crunching the numbers. You know that those numbers represent something. Real money, real work, real assets. If that debt is forgiven, someone else eventually pays for it in one way or another. Paying off your own loan is one thing, choosing to pay off someone else’s is something else!
Thats what makes the Easter season so amazing! If there was some huge contest and the prize was that someone paid off your student loans, or your house mortgage, or credit cards, or your car, it would be a moment worthy of reality TV. We would revel and celebrate in the looks on the winners’ faces as they wonder is this real? Are you joking? The crushing debt I carried is gone? Cue the confetti and theme music and cheering crowds. Everyone would sleep better that night!
It is an amazing feeling, and that is a reality we all have access to every day. We all have been chosen to have our debts paid, free and clear, no strings attached.
We all owe a debt to God much greater than any debts we can accumulate on earth. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Yet in His mercy, God chose to absorb the debt on Himself when he sent His Son, Jesus. He didn’t make the debt go away by erasing it with a pencil. He paid it, with His own life, His own flesh, His own blood, on Good Friday.
He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:10-12
Joe Buchanan, WCIC Station Manager
That’s why we celebrate Easter! It’s that sigh of relief when you know the weight of the debt is gone.
That sounds like freedom to me. That sounds like HOPE!
When people are freed of debt, the first thing that goes through their mind is what I can do now! Now that you’ve been forgiven, what is it God wants you to do? We can use our freedom to serve God and serve others!
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16
Have you asked Jesus to forgive your sin? If you want to learn more about debt-forgiveness though Jesus, click HERE!