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God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.  Colossians 2:13b-14 NIV

Photo courtesy of morguefile and mike.Warning: check tire pressure. The words glared at me from the dashboard as I started my car one frigid Monday morning. I had a busy schedule at the office that day, so I tried to ignore it. But instead of heading toward my normal route to work, I reluctantly pulled into an auto repair shop. About 20 minutes later, a mechanic informed me, “You picked up a nail.”

As I left the auto repair shop a couple of hours later, I began thinking about nails.

The nails Jesus took for humanity in His crucifixion not only paved the way for eternal life with Him, but they also nullify our sin debt once we have received Him as Lord and Savior. Sadly, many of us sit in self-imposed debtors’ prisons. When we hold on to confessed, repented-of, and forgiven sins, it’s like we’re saying, “Jesus, I know You paid the price for my sins, and I thank You. But that’s not good enough. So, I’ll stay locked behind these bars of guilt, shame, and condemnation – that will really take care of my sins.”

What do you still feel guilty about that God has long forgiven? Debtors’ prison is no place for children of God. Let’s leave it behind and walk in liberty. Let go just as God has.

Lord Jesus, thank You that because of the nails You took, we rejoice in the words of the classic hymn, “. . . my sin, not in part, but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!”

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and mike.)

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Toni Samuels

By day, Toni works in corporate communications, but by night she pursues one of her greatest passions: writing for God’s purposes and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. In her free time, Toni enjoys time with her family and friends, music, reading, traveling, and beautiful beaches.


  1. What a beautiful reminder that ""He breaks the power of canceled sin.""