Recently, people began to notice that their airtime debt in one of the telecoms company in our country got cleared. The news making rounds was that the service provider had decided to cancel people’s debt. As you would expect, there were jubilations everywhere.

However, the jubilation was short-lived as the service provided issued a statement that it was not a debt cancellation but that they had a system glitch. They said unequivocally that once the glitch is resolved, everybody’s debt would reappear. I felt for the debtors. But I appreciated Jesus Christ for paying my debt once and for all. Truly, my debts are cancelled.

Friend, your debts are cancelled! This is the power and beauty of redemption. Jesus has paid your debts! Redemption is a grace made available to all via the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23)! All you need is to embrace what Christ has done, and you would live totally debt-free.

Unlike our opening story, redemption is irreversible. When Christ paid your debts of sin, he never rescinded on his decision. It was forever paid. Your debts are cancelled. God is not issuing any statement against you. Christ has made a statement with His blood by cancelling the handwriting of ordinance written against you and nailing it to His cross (Colossians 2:13-14). God is just in forgiving your sin because Christ has paid for it.

If God does not forgive you, then He is unjust (1 John 1:9). This is the power of redemption. This is the gospel. Your sins are forgiven because of what Christ has done (Colossians 1:14). We need to keep reminding all saints about the pillars of redemption; the love of God, the fatherhood of God, and the forgiveness of sin. Understanding and maximising this trio would make you live totally free from fear, guilt, and condemnation (Romans 8:1).

If God loved you while you were still sinners, He cannot love you less, now that you are a saint (Romans 5:8). He cannot even hate you when you fall into sin. If God loved you when you were still wallowing in sin, why do you think He would hate you because you fell into sin and asked for forgiveness (1 John 1:9, 2:1-2)? He knows that a truly born-again person does not make a habit of sin (1 John 3:9).

Whether you are the elder brother or the prodigal son, the love of the Father must not be doubted (Luke 15:18-19, 29-32). Sometimes, we make saints feel that God loves sinners better than them. This is why we have more saints living with condemnation than sinners. But condemnation kills. It robs you of the joy of salvation, and it hinders you from living bold, free, and fulfilled (Psalms 51:12, Romans 8:1). Be reminded today that your debts are cancelled because of Jesus. Hallelujah!

PS: Can I agree with anyone who has financial debts hanging on their neck right now? I decree by the authority that cannot fail; your debts are cancelled in Jesus name!

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria