Monday, August 6, 2018
In review of Romans 13:8 it says, “Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other”(The Message).
Today's verse is Romans 13:8. In it Paul tells me to owe nothing to anyone, except for my obligation to love one another. When I you love my neighbor, I fulfill the requirements of God's law.
Love is my only obligation because I am permanently in debt to Christ for the lavish love he has poured out on me. The only way I can even begin to repay this debt is by fulfilling my obligation to love others in turn. Because Christ's love is infinitely great, I will always have the obligation to love my neighbors.
In addition to loving others, a worthwhile goal for me is to be completely debt-free. It is possible, and it’s important: for If God told me to go do something right now, it’s possible I couldn’t do it because I’m in financial bondage.
God’s Word tells me that I should never withhold the repayment of my debts, financially or with love. I should let no debt remain outstanding. This means, that if I’m only paying the minimum on due on a credit card or a loan, then I’m letting a debt remain outstanding. The Bible tells me to not do that. God is not going to bless that.
So for any debt, I need to set up repayment plan. God wants me to tithe, save, and repay debt.
Don’t incur debts, other than the one to love others because of what he did for us.
What this means to me:
My only debt should be the huge debt I owe to love others, because of what he has forgiven me of.
Is my debt (student loan and house payment) holding me back from pursuing my God-given mission? Am I struggling with the habits of saving and tithing? How might I be building up a “huge debt of love” toward the people in my life?
This morning Father, I have some things financially I need to take care, especially as it is related to giving. I pray that you Give me the strength to complete this. I also need to consider what I need to do to pay off my student loan quicker. Also help to bring to mind if there are others that I owe debt of love to. These things I pray in your Son Jesus name, Amen!
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