In 1945, to save Great Britain from bankruptcy, the United States loaned them $4.34 Billion. In 1950 Great Britain began repaying the loan on an annual basis. Every year but six afterwards she made the payment. In 2006, she transferred the last $84 million to the U.S. Treasury.
Paid in full. Though America could never repay the English for standing alone and absorbing the shock of powerful Hitler armies since 1940. But from a financial standpoint, Britain repaid her debt. Which could be done.
Some debts soar far beyond our ability to repay, though no higher than our need of resources. Forgiveness of sin is the ultimate example of that. How can we ever, in this world or the next, find a way to repay Jesus for removing our sins and bestowing eternal life on us? When do we say to God, “We’re paid up. Make no more demands.” When can we read our spiritual balance sheet and find we’ve finally given God the obedience necessary to discharge our debt?
Interestingly, the $3.4 B loan to Britain in 1945 doubled the production of their entire economy. God’s grace to us in Christ infinitely exceeds any production, any service, any financial gift we give to him. Throughout a lifetime and expanded eternally, no matter. Saved mortals can never repay the “debt of love” we owe.
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