Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. – (Romans 13:8, NIV)
You should owe nothing to anyone, except that you will always owe love to each other. The person who loves others has done all that the law commands. – (Romans 13:8, ERV)
Don’t owe anyone anything, with the exception of love to one another – that is a debt which never ends – because the person who loves others has fulfilled the law. – (Romans 13:8, VOICE)
Being in debt to one another creates a barrier and tension, yet knowing we need to love one another does not. Love is endlessly supplied by our Savior and is continually replenished as we seek Him. Additionally, choosing to love fulfills God’s commands and leads us in a life of obedience. May we ever seek the Lord to lead us in His love, and to be wise with our resources so that we do not find ourselves with outstanding debts.
Steer clear from owing,
Things to anyone;
For debt strains friendships,
Yet our debt to love,
Is from Christ our King;
He gave all for us,
So, let us choose love,
Give as Jesus gave;
To honor His Name.
Show us Lord Jesus,
To love endlessly;
Fulfilling Your law,
As we choose love free.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call and command us to love, and warn us to not be in debt to anyone. These things that You ask of us are the things that lead us to live as You intended. Forgive us for our foolishness with our resources and for the times that we have squandered opportunities to love. Teach us to trust You, our Provider, as You supply our needs. Show us how to continually choose to love like You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to lead us in Your wisdom with our resources and empower us to love without limits. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34