Only 12 percent of Americans believe they will die in debt (according to a phone interview done by Princeton). This is actually down from 21 percent a year ago! Perhaps we are less concerned about “keeping up with the Joneses.” It is great we are feeling more optimistic but the Federal Reserve tells another story. According to them, credit card debt has been steadily rising over the last five years and is now close to one trillion!
Today’s verse is a familiar one being part of the Lord’s Prayer. We are all indebted to the Lord for forgiving our sins and erasing the payment for them. He forgave sin at great cost to Himself on that cross. He took on Himself the awful payment sin deserves. We could never pay it ourselves and if not for Him, would still carry the heavy burden of guilt. Because the debt of our sin has been paid, we are to show that same forgiveness towards others who have wronged us.
If God were really to forgive me only as much as I forgive others, I would be in big trouble! Thankfully, His forgiveness is based on His unconditional love. The payment for my sins comes from His mercy and His grace. But when I refuse to forgive the one who wronged me, I conveniently forget how much of a debt the Lord paid in my case! Somehow, pride is at the root of my failure to forgive when thinking I deserve forgiveness, but they do not!
“Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe.” Surely the price He paid for me was so much higher than any price I pay in forgiving others.
Lord, help me to forgive.