“Nothing to Pay”

Before the days of our National Health Service, when people had to pay for health treatment themselves, it is recorded that there was a medical consultant who was renowned for his skill in dealing with and healing patients.

Eventually his career as a physician came to an end and he died. His accounts had, of course to be examined for tax purposes, and it was noticed that against the bills of several names of his patients it was written in red: “Forgiven – too poor to pay.”

Sadly, his wife was of a meaner disposition, and she was determined to recover the money, whatever the cost to these poorer patients. In order to do this, she sued for the money in court.

The judge asked if the handwriting in red was that of her husband or someone else.

She replied that it was, undoubtedly, her husband’s.

“Then,” he replied, “there is no court in the land that can obtain the money, where he has written ‘Forgiven’.”

How like this is, to the forgiving love of God in Christ Jesus, to sinners who are taught their poverty and bankruptcy!

Nothing can annul the pardon of their sins.

“Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.”

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