Nancy Leigh DeMoss: I’ve had people tell me that they’ve forgiven someone, but then they list all the things this other person has done. They may think they’ve forgiven, but they’re still holding offenses against the other person. They haven’t really cleared the record.
We’re called to forgive the way God has forgiven us. Paul says in Colossians 2:13-14 that God has forgiven “us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”
In Paul’s time someone could write a certificate listing all the debt that you owed them. Paul is saying that the record of debt we owed God has been nailed to the cross of Christ and eliminated forever. And that’s the way we’re called to forgive, too. Are you keeping a list of sins other people have committed against you? Isn’t it time to clear the record and forgive?
With Seeking Him, I’m Nancy Leigh DeMoss.