by: Lynn Passet
I was having a discussion on the phone with a couple of my kids this past week and they were excited because the federal government has made the decision that impacts a lot of young people. They were both thrilled that the federal government has given them some temporary forgiveness on their student loans because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
My son also said that he received word from his mortgage provider that they too were giving them a couple of "free months" because of the fact that many people can't go to work. Of course, nothing is free and if you don't pay them now -- they'll make you pay later.
It made me stop and think about how many people aren't working right now and finding out that utility companies and lending institutions are showing some kindness has many Americans feeling a bit better.
These companies are showing their customers "forgiveness" and I'm sure there are many customers that are going to take them up on it because if they don't they'll be facing a financial death.
Many Americans are being forced to accept whatever leniency they are being shown because of the situation that they are in. They see it as a case of life or death - financially.
However; many Americans and others around the world are also being shown forgiveness of another kind every single day of their lives. This forgiveness is in reality a matter life and death - spiritually. Yet how many people don't give that forgiveness another thought? Some figure they have plenty of time to go to the Father and ask for his forgiveness. Others don't want it all while some are indifferent on the whole subject.
Jesus Christ already paid the cost for us by dying on the cross for our forgiveness. We don't owe him anything later and all he wants is our heart to be given to him and to follow him and to live our lives in his likeness. You don't "owe him" later and your spiritual life will be completely saved.
Why are we so quick to act on something that will save us financially in this life but yet we are so indifferent about accepting something that will save us immediately from now through eternity?
So when we accept that loan forgiveness that companies are offering us I hope that we'll also take the opportunity to accept the spiritual forgiveness that Jesus Christ offers each of us too. After all, that loan will mean nothing when you die but that spiritual forgiveness will mean everything.