[All our trespasses] he set aside, nailing it to the cross. —Colossians 2:14
As believers, we are told that God has forgiven “all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us” (Col. 2:13–14).
At one time, the “record” was right there, accusing us, exposing us, vindicating His righteous anger against us. But with one press of the delete key, our holy, merciful God erased the whole thing. Nothing was saved on a backup drive or in the cloud. Nothing printed out in hard copy. Nothing was stored in case it proved useful to whip it out again someday.
All of it, deleted. Forever. All because of Christ’s death on the cross—in our place. Debt canceled.
This was God’s way of dealing with what we had done to Him. And that is what He asks us to do with others’ sins against us. Jesus said in Luke 11:2–4, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.’”
Make it Personal
Thank Him for His amazing forgiveness and mercy in pressing the “delete” key in your life and canceling all of your sin.