The relief of forgiveness

The relief of forgiveness
Matthew 6:12 (NKJV)

And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.

In this age of financial crisis, the news is full of articles about loans being forgiven. The debt loads of entire nations are sometimes forgiven. The is talk of student loans being forgiven in some countries, and I know of people that have had portions of their mortgages forgiven, even organisations have been forgiven because they are “too big to fail”. I have heard one financial expert warn that there is no such thing as free forgiveness, someone has to bear the burden of the debt.

Regarding our sins and souls, Jesus paid it all. We come to Him with a load of guilt and confess our regrets. We tell Him about that moment of foolishness that causes shame. We admit the stupid thing we did or said. The tragedy we caused. The hurt we inflicted.

As we confess it, He forgives it. As we lay it before Him, He washes it away with the blood of Calvary. What God has forgiven should no longer have dominion over our minds. In the blood of Jesus, we have relief from our captivity of guilt and fear. As the old home says, “its nailed to the cross, and we bear it no more.”


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