I have student loan debt, but I’m not talking about that kinda debt, I’m talking about a different kind. An eternal debt, but there are two sides to this debt coin. This portion below is what I read before I went to sleep tonight and then some thoughts of reflection. Where do you stand?
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors.”
— Romans 8:12
As God’s creatures, we are all debtors to him: to obey him with all our body, and soul, and strength. Having broken his commandments, as we all have, we are debtors to his justice, and we owe to him a vast amount which we are not able. to pay. But of the Christian it can be said that he does not owe God’s justice anything, for Christ has paid the debt his people owed; for this reason the believer owes the more to love. I am a debtor to God’s grace and forgiving mercy; but I am no debtor to his justice, for he will never accuse me of a debt already paid. Christ said, “It is finished!” and by that he meant, that whatever his people owed was wiped away for ever from the book of remembrance. Christ, to the uttermost, has satisfied divine justice; the account is settled; the handwriting is nailed to the cross; the receipt is given, and we are debtors to God’s justice no longer. But then, because we are not debtors to our Lord in that sense, we become ten times more debtors to God than we should have been otherwise. Christian, pause and ponder for a moment. What a debtor thou art to divine sovereignty! How much thou owest to his disinterested love, for he gave his own Son that he might die for thee. Consider how much you owe to his forgiving grace, that after ten thousand affronts he loves you as infinitely as ever. Consider what you owe to his power; how he has raised you from your death in sin; how he has preserved your spiritual life; how he has kept you from falling; and how, though a thousand enemies have beset your path, you have been able to hold on your way. Consider what you owe to his immutability. Though you have changed a thousand times, he has not changed once. Thou art as deep in debt as thou canst be to every attribute of God. To God thou owest thyself, and all thou hast—yield thyself as a living sacrifice, it is but thy reasonable service.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
I thought it was fitting to start with some Spurgeon. My story and that story is very much an echo of that paragraph, I know the sins I have committed and how I honestly stood before I knew Jesus, I had a debt I could never pay, but Jesus stepped in and cleared my debt. The sin I committed ten years ago? Paid for! The sin I committed last week? Yes, paid for! The sin I committed 15 minutes ago? Yes! You guessed it! PAID FOR. I stand before God purchased, when I have constantly found myself falling short of his glory, I am consistently reminded as I lift my head out of the mud I tripped into. That I “have been justified by his grace as a gift”
God never changes, I never cease to change.
God’s power is unstoppable, I tend to fall weak.
God’s love never fails, I often do fail.
God’s word is enough, apart from Him I mentally, spiritually, emotionally, heck even Physically STARVE.
Do you know those moments you like screw up? You know what I mean? Like when you just got done yelling at a friend or someone you love, or how about when you allowed your thoughts to dwell and feast on that which God hates, or how about when you just show up late for something where people were depending on you to come through and you fall short.
Doesn’t that make you feel ashamed? I know many times I have been ashamed of what I have done. I had screwed up then the accuser(Satan) comes in a tells me lies and adds to my own self-condemning or false-conviction
When I sin I often find myself hitting my self in the face? I’m sure you know what I mean, but to move on to the truth of the matter. Let’s ask the question: what does Jesus say to me?
A story that comes to mind is the story of the adulterous woman in John 8.
but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:1-11 ESV)
Do you notice what is so awesome about this passage? Jesus first declares a powerful truth, Neither do I condemn you. He has the authority to do so, He is God. Thus His words carry a TON of weight. After accepting her, He then commands her, Now go and sin no more. knowing God accepts me allows me to live His commandments, not the other way around. It would be impossible, IMPOSSIBLE to earn God’s love.
And God did that so we could have a pattern to follow. He wants us to “Accept(welcome) others as Christ has accepted (welcomed) you, to the glory of God” Romans 15:7
if you live for their acceptance, then you will die from their rejection. -Lecrae
We must accept others but remember regardless if we are accepted by them, never forget the most important Person who does accept you, Jesus.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39 ESV)
From my experience I know I have often listened to my own inner voice of my flesh and beat myself up. And also let the enemy have his way with me with accusatory words. But can I point back up to this Romans 8 passage? Paul is asking some pretty awesome questions. WHO shall bring ANY charge against God’s elect? If God is for us, WHO can be against us? It is God who justifies, WHO is to condemn?
Look at that last question with me real quick, what does justify mean? Well it means “to declare righteous before God”. So if it is God DECLARING you to be righteous, then let me ask you again, WHO CAN CONDEMN? It’s almost a funny question. I can’t. Satan can’t. You can’t.
“Forever, O LORD, your Word is firmly fixed in the heavens” -psalm 119
Psalm 19 “The heavens declare the glory of God,”
Psalm 119:105 “your word is a lamp into my feet and a light unto my path”
Let this word lead and guide you, Christian, You are righteous in the sight of God. He loves you, and wants you to enjoy His love, not dwell on your faults, because He doesn’t define you by your faults, but rather by the spilt blood of His Son.