Devotions By Jan

Crushing Debt

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debt hqdefaultScripture for Today: Luke 7:42-43a “‘Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of them both. Now which of them will love him more?’ Simon replied, ‘I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.'”

I cannot imagine the IRS being so generous as to forgive thousands of dollars of debt in back taxes!  That would be good fortune indeed!  And the bigger the debt the more stunning such a gesture would be.  What enormous relief it would be to walk away from crushing debt with no further obligation!  Forgiving debt, whether student loan debt or any other kind is a rare event.

In our verse for today, Jesus is speaking to Simon, a pharisee.  Simon is appalled that a sinful woman would dare to anoint the feet of Jesus.  Jesus challenges this pharisee’s self-righteous thinking with a short parable.  Those who have been forgiven much will love much.  Those who have been forgiven little will only love a little (verse 47).   Both debtors have had their debt erased.  But the one with the bigger debt is more motivated to show love and gratitude.

The more I realize the enormity of my sin, the more amazed I am that Christ paid my debt.  The more I realize the ugliness of my heart, the more grateful I am for His cleansing.  When I take a good hard look at myself, I realize that Jesus has forgiven me “much.”  My debt for sin was huge and impossible to pay off.  It is because of His incredible grace that my debt has been paid in full by Christ’s sacrifice.  The only response possible for me is my undying love and gratitude!

Thank you Lord, for paying my debt and setting me free!

 

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