How To Be Debt-Free
“And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.” – Matthew 6:12
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Nobody likes debt collectors. They hassle you with unwanted phone calls. They flood your mailbox with delinquency notices. And they report your inability to pay to the credit bureaus. In the same vein, nobody likes to be in debt. I mean, who wants to owe someone? I don’t. But in a sense, spiritually, we are all indebted to God. We owe a bill that we cannot pay.
The Bible says that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Our sin, our inability to fulfill the law of God, makes us guilty before God. That why Jesus said to pray “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” He, in essence is instructing us to pray, “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” If we don’t forgive others of their wrongs against us, the Lord won’t forgive us.
We are deserving of death because of our sins (Romans 6:23), but God gave us the free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus. He’s granted us forgiveness of our sins. We have a way to stand debt-free before the Lord. All we have to do is obey Him in belief, repentance, and baptism (Mark 16:16). Then we will be free from a life full of sin.
It doesn’t mean that we won’t sin anymore. But it does mean that “if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). There’s a continual cleansing of sin in Christ Jesus. So you can remain debt-free, even when you do mess up and sin.
Do you want to be debt-free? Free of your sins? If so, turn to the Lord today. He will wipe your debt clean.
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” – Romans 8:12-13