Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. (Ps. 32:1)

After three years serving as the pastor of a small-town church, I moved with my young family nearly nine hundred miles to attend seminary. After three and a half years in school, I had accumulated not only knowledge and experience, but also a sizable debt. I’ll never forget the day—years later—that I called the loan company to verify that I was finally finished paying for my seminary experience. It was a weight I was happy to get off my shoulders.

Sin is often spoken of as a spiritual debt; however, the effects of sin are far deeper and more painful than even the greatest monetary obligation. The psalmist David vividly described the agony he endured by refusing to confess his sin to God. This agony was so powerful it even touched him physically, sapping his strength, and making his bones waste away (Ps. 32:3). But David, after suffering enough in his silent pride, finally confessed his sin and received God’s marvelous forgiveness.

Don’t let the debt of sin ruin your life. As soon as you realize you have gone against God’s commands, ask Him to cancel your debt through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. And when your load is lifted, share this wonderful relief with someone who has never heard the gospel message.

Ask God to forgive your sin today.

Paul Zinter serves as a substitute teacher. He enjoys writing, bread making, and teaching at his local church