“The Settling Book”

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7a

(The following story is true. The names were changed to protect the guilty.)

There were once two elderly, widowed sisters. We will call them Mary and Jane. Since they were both widowed and their children were grown, they spent their days together shopping and going out for the occasional meal.

They kept what they called a “settling book.” When they went to town, if Mary drove, they would write the date and the destination in the book, along with the fact Mary drove.

If they stopped for a burger, if Jane paid, that was entered in the book. The next time, they would consult the book to see whose turn it was to drive, or pay, or incur any type of expense.

This “settling book” was used to make sure the balance sheet was kept equal.

This may sound silly, but a lot of people go through life doing the same thing. When asked about their hope of eternity, they describe what amounts to appearing before God with their “settling book” showing more good than bad deeds.

Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, tells us that to think evil thoughts is as bad as the action itself. This isn’t to give us permission to go ahead and do it if you thought it, but to teach us that none of us are as good as we may think, just because we don’t do every evil thing we think of.

God’s Word assures us no one’s settling book, would come out in our favor. So, He offers the gift of forgiveness by His amazing grace through faith in the fact His son, Jesus, has settled our debt once and for all.

My prayer is you will trust God’s grace through the sacrifice of Christ to settle your debt.

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