Romans 13:8 Only One Outstanding Debt Allowed

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8

Just prior to this verse Paul talked about paying everyone what is owed. This covered everything, including taxes, honor, and respect. Now he tells everyone to have no debts that are outstanding except to love others.

Debt has become a common place in today’s society. This goes from the individuals to the nations. Many people believe that in order to live life correctly there must be some type of debt. One can get credit cards very easily that sound good with low return payments, but extremely high interest rates.

Society also expects to be able to have everything they want now when they want it, regardless of the cost. There is a high level of greed in this, and very low level of responsibility and stewardship.

Yet, according to Paul the only debt that is allowed is the debt to continue to love others. This love is the agape love, the self-sacrificing love of God. It is putting others before yourself. It is building others up first. It is meeting their needs first.

This type of love will fulfill the complete law. The first part of the law is about loving God. The second part of the law is loving others. You are not to steal, kill, covet, and anything else against another person. When you love someone, you will not do any of these things.

As a believer you should be striving to pay all of your debts on time. Love is one that you can pay as much as you can pay, and still have room to pay more.

Have you loved every person as much as Jesus loved you? He died on the cross for you.

If you are reading this you have not yet had to die for someone else. You have not had to physically lay down your life in love for someone else.

Are you willing to love as Jesus did?

Are you trying to love as Jesus did?

Let your only debt be the one to love other people more and more each day. Let God’s love flow in and through you to everyone else. Strive to pay that debt as much as you can as fast as you can.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will know the love God has for everyone; that you will love others as God has loved you; and that you will strive to have no outstanding debts except to love others.

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Matthew 18:35 Unforgiveness

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” Matthew 18:35

Jesus had just finished a parable about a man who was forgiven of millions of dollars, then went out and refused to forgive a man of a few dollars. This man was then thrown into jail until he could pay everything.

Talking about forgiving someone is very common with parents with little children. One child hurts the other. The parent tells the one who did the injury to apologize, then tells the injured one to forgive the other. Very often you may hear the child say “I forgive you, but I still hate you”.

This is an example of not forgiving from the heart.

As a believer, Jesus stated that you are to forgive everyone as many times as it takes. He actually said seventy times seven times.

Everyone loves to be forgiven of a debt that they owe or for a wrong they have done. Many plead to be forgiven in a court for a wrong that they had done. Very few, however, are willing to forgive a wrong or debt owed to them.

Forgiveness from the heart is one that will forgive and forget the wrong. It is very easy to state that you forgive a person, but not so easy to forget it.

How often do you remember all the wrongs a person has done to you? How often do people bring up the past wrongs in an argument or when something was done wrong again?

In life, you have done many things wrong against God. When you go to God and ask for forgiveness, He grants it. God does not, later, bring up that sin again. It is forgotten and in the past.

Every time you forgive someone, you must forgive in the same way. Let it go. It has been proven it will help you relax and live life better.

The main reason to forgive, though, is to think about how much God has forgiven you. Do not allow the hurt and pain to keep you from forgiving someone. If you do not forgive a person, God cannot forgive you. Live like Jesus did. He forgave when He was crucified.

I pray today that God will fill you with His love for people to forgive them; that God will show you how much you have been forgiven; that God will strengthen you to forgive; and that you will forgive from your heart, not just in words.