Paid in Full

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For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. —Ephesians 2:8, 9, NKJV “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” —John 8:36, NKJV

This is to say that the debt Tamar owed to _______ has been paid in full. Your friendship, love for Jesus, and personal testimony are such blessings to me and many others.” I looked in utter disbelief at the screen in front of me as I quickly tried to regain control of my gaping mouth. I am undeserving of this gracious deed. I must repay this debt! Just moments before, as I was talking with my benefactor on the phone, she said that she would like to cancel the debt. I immediately protested, but she was resolute. I told her that if she placed it in writing, I would honor her request. She graciously agreed. This wonderful Christian lady had extended her financial help a few years earlier when I desperately needed a car to commence work.

I had just completed university and was penniless.

I began the job application process, but it soon became evident that I would need reliable transportation. I lived in an area where public transportation was not reliable, and the available jobs were in areas that required a personal vehicle.

She had heard of my plight and approached me one Sabbath as I, laden with many burdens, entered the church building. A day later, she handed me a large check, no questions asked, no required signed contract. She simply said, “Repay me when you get back on your feet.” I remember thanking her profusely while holding the check in disbelief. How could someone I hardly knew be willing to make such a personal sacrifice for me? This outpouring of love caused me to reflect on the ultimate Sacrifice. More than two thousand years ago, love, in the form of Jesus, came down from heaven to die for our sins so we could be saved. He died on a cruel cross with outstretched arms as He cried, “It is finished!” (John 19:30, NKJV). Your debt is paid in full. There is nothing you need do to repay me.

Accept by faith this grace I have extended, and you shall be saved.

Sometimes we still believe we must repay this debt.

We get caught up in a works-oriented religion, believing Jesus could never forgive our sins. My friend, it does not matter where you have been or what you have done.

Jesus has three words for you: paid in full!

Tamar Boswell

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