I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay – not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides (Philemon 19).
It takes more than love to solve a problem. Love alone can’t pay a debt.
Many years ago I worked in a real estate office. A man came in on behalf of his son who was many months behind in rent. He explained how he loved his son, but his son had been terribly irresponsible with his money. The father, at enormous expense to himself, paid the rental debt owed by his son.
It was sweet that the father loved his deadbeat son, but that father’s love couldn’t pay the debt which was due.
That famous (and famously mis-used) Bible verse says: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). God’s love for His people moved Him to save them, but His love didn’t pay the price. God didn’t save the world from perishing by His love.
Though God loved the world, the debt of sin still had to be paid. The debt which needed covered was paid in the death of Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross, your sins were laid onto His account; and His rightness with the Father was laid onto your account.
In His death, it was like Jesus saying, “Father, this one no longer owes you the debt of sin. I have paid the price for her. Accept her as You accept Me.” The payment for those who wholly trust in Jesus was made in full so that you may go free from the just punishment that God owes you.
Thank You Jesus!