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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

23 May 2012: Duncan Burchell, Petersfield Evangelical Church

Debt Repayment

We hear much about debt in the news these days. Nations have incurred debts that are so huge that they are beyond our comprehension. Some of these debts cannot be repaid however much austerity their governments seek to impose.

For an individual, being in debt is a difficult and painful experience. You feel helpless, as the debt grows.

As human beings, we all build up a mass of debt in a different sort of currency - we all sin (sin being disobedience to God in word, thought or deed); as a result we, like some of the nations, are in a position where we can never make repayment. The good news is that God has provided an answer to this problem. His Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross to pay the debt of his people. He received the punishment due to us.

King David in Psalm 103 says: "he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our transgressions from us."

Greece may never repay their multi-Euro debt, they will only be able to get out of trouble, if a proportion of their debt is cancelled. A Christian's debt has been cancelled through one payment - the sinless one dying for sinners. Praise be to God.

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