Love as Debt
“Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8 NASB
None of us wants to be in debt, yet it is part of life. We have home loans, cars, monthly bills and even student debt. We know we must show responsibility and pay our debts. This scripture speaks of a spiritual debt. God is warning us to ‘watch our spending’ as it were. We are to ‘spend’ our lives wisely. When we put on Christ in baptism, we gave up our own will for His will, which is shown in the example of those who have gone before us. Philippians 3:17 advises, “Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.”
What is this pattern? 1 John 4:19 “We love, because He first loved us.” This is the example: He gave his very life that we might have life, eternal.
I will leave you with these questions to consider. Can we follow this love? Are we able to give ourselves sacrificially to one another? Is love possible without promise or expectation of return? Can we be indebted in love to one another? Can we be the loving face of Christ to our brothers and sisters and to the world?
Consider the words to this song:
“He paid a debt He did not owe.
I owed a debt I could not pay.
I needed Someone to take my sins away.
I now can sing a brand new song,
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.”
Words and music by Ellis J. Crum