So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
—Romans 8:1-2 (NLT)
Has the grace of Jesus transformed you to the place where you believe in your heart that you are debt-free? When you first repented of your sins and accepted Christ into your heart, you received His completed work of grace. You are thoroughly and forever forgiven. No one lives a perfect life. We all make mistakes, but you do not need to live in condemnation. You can have a repentant heart without crippling feelings of guilt and shame.
The grace of Jesus has freed you, and you can live in that freedom. When you know who you are in Christ, that knowledge changes your perspective. You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You had no righteousness of your own, but because of His love and mercy, Jesus gave you His. You do not need to prove you have His forgiveness! There is no penance you have to perform. There is no perfection you have to maintain. You owe nothing because of His grace. There is no greater love than His—that He would give His life for you. No other love could fulfill God’s law, setting you free from the demand of its requirements. That law was never able to save you from your sin. Only Jesus could meet those requirements so you could be free.
“The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature,” Paul writes. “So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body, God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit” (Romans 8:3-4, NLT).
Jesus did what the law could never accomplish! Through His sacrifice for us on Calvary, Jesus declared that sin no longer has control. He fully satisfied the requirements of the law because we were unable to meet them. Where we once were weak, He gives strength by the power of His Spirit to follow Him. We have been made righteous by His grace.
Jesus came to bring you abundant life! The power of darkness was utterly defeated! The prerequisites of the law were completely satisfied. You allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into the truth of God’s Word so you will understand what it means to be debt-free. The knowledge of His Truth sets you free.
God loves you! This is Truth! You don't have to live in fear of not being good enough. You are forgiven! There is no debt you have to pay. Jesus paid it. There is no guilt or shame or condemnation you need to wear. When you believe in your heart that you owe nothing for your sins, you know you are forgiven. And when you know it in your heart, you are free indeed!
© Lynn Lacher