By: Jana Greene
When I first met my husband several years ago, I had a lot of debt in the form of medical bills. Years without health insurance had not kept the health issues at bay, and the bills were stacked high with neglect. Like a Mega-Debt Mountain, it was not just a stack of papers, but a looming monument to financial failure. As a single mother working three jobs, I still couldn’t make ends meet. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think the ends would ever even see one another from afar!
As my soon-to-be husband and I got closer and closer, I was ashamed of all this debt. Thousands of dollars for office visits, treatments for migraines, endometriosis and chronic sinus infections had been wracked up. I felt embarrassed that I owed so much, that I would owe it the rest of my life and still never get it paid off, most likely.
One day, he asked to see Mega-Debt Mountain for himself. We were getting pretty serious at the time, and I couldn’t put off showing him my debts much longer. Still, I presented a lame stalling technique.
“Why?” I asked.
“So I can pay them off,” he said without so much as a sigh. In that season of his life, he had the means to free me of this debt.
At first, I was embarrassed because, after all, it was a substantial amount. I brought the stack of bills, most of which were marked “Last Notice” or “Past Due” (or both) and felt the shame burn my face. He took them gently from my hand and laid them on the desk without even glancing at them, and then he kissed me. Tears sprang to my eyes with gratitude, because I never expected such a thing; such grace.
These were not his debts. He took them on for two reasons:
So they would no longer hang over my head.
And because he “just wanted to be with me for the rest of my life.”
He had erased a debt that I had assumed I would carry all my life, simply because he loved me. The truth was, as huge as Mega-Debt Mountain was, it did not hinder his love for me. He didn’t see the “balance due” when he looked at me, but a future together.
Kind of like God when He looks at us through the filter of His Son. So often we all allow our own mountains to block the view of the grace He offers, because we are ashamed of our sin. Our Father has the means to free us. The blood of Jesus has the most amazing stain-removing properties!
“What are you waiting for?” God is saying. “The debt of everything you’ve ever done wrong is already paid for when you accepted my Son as your Beloved!” Our Father doesn’t see the “balance due” when He looks at His Christ-redeemed children.
God offers us freedom from sin debt for two reasons, you see:
So they will no longer hang over the head of one He loves VERY much. (Debt cannot hang over our heads and on the cross both!)
And because He wants to be with you for all eternity.
Such a thing is grace.
10 thoughts on “Debt Relief – The motives of a Most Charitable God”
Beautiful Dana, the analogy of your loving husband to be erasing all of your debt,
And that of Jesus doing the same thing is totally on target. Jesus forgives/loves us
before we ever utter a petition for forgiveness.
Need to remember this!
ah, you speak the truth. Grace is such a beautiful gift. Praise be to God for that gift in Christ, but also for that gift in a man who loves you. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…..
Beautiful story, Jana. What a wonderful way to begin your lives together … free and full of grace.
Thank you, Kim. Indeed.
Grace is the best gift of all…and also one of the hardest to really comprehend. But I think God uses each of us to demonstrate His ways to one another in love, and my hubby definitely models this for me. I am so grateful.
Isn’t it incredible, Stevie? Mind-boggling, really. Praying you are blessed today…thank you so much for taking the time to read this!
Incredible! My heart was filled with joy… what a wonderful picture of the grace of God!!
I’m so glad that you enjoyed it, Joey.
I feel unburdened just reading your words, Jana. Wishing I could constantly swim in the grace-full mindset and not let the world creep in. Absolutely gorgeous, my scribe sister!
Thank you. I think we might have a mutual admiration society between the two of us! Your writing always speaks to me too. Many hugs and much love to you!