We’ve heard it plenty of times, whether it’s in a sermon or a song or some random person on the street: Jesus paid it all. In most cases, people use this concept to express that they no longer have any debts to God and that their past doesn’t need to determine their future. However, I want to take a moment and look at this from another angle.
You see, when you say that Jesus paid all of your debts, you’re missing out on a really big part of it. Jesus didn’t die for your sins, He died for everyone’s. Not just your family’s, not just your friends’, or your youth group’s, or your church’s. He died for the stranger who cut you off in traffic, for the classmate who can’t seem to say a single nice – or even neutral – thing about you, and even for the hostile atheist who does anything he can to disprove every word that comes out of your mouth. When people do those kinds of things to you, it’s easy to get frustrated, indignant, even outright angry. But it’s at times like these that we need that 1 Corinthians 13 love the most – a love that is patient and kind, a love that doesn’t dishonor or hurt others, a love that keeps absolutely no record of wrongs. Trust me, I know that loving your enemies is much easier said than done, but there is one simple truth that makes it so much easier:
Jesus died for whatever wrongs you’ve committed, but He also died for every wrong anyone else has ever committed against you.
Take a second and think about that. You believe that Jesus has died for your sins. Why would that be any different for the person who has wronged you? And if Jesus has already died for that sin and bought freedom and grace for that person, who are you to refuse that to them? Be the light in the darkness you have been called to become. Show those around you the love that they need – especially those who show you no love at all. Like I said, it is definitely much easier said than done, but it’s also definitely still possible.