Is there ever a good reason to have a debt?
This week we are going to be talking about debt, and thinking about that I was reminded of an interesting verse where the Bible instructs us to have a revolving debt. In fact it tells us that having an outstanding debt in this area is encouraged, even Godly.
Now, before you think I’ve gone mad or that I have bought into some new heresy let me share the verse with you:
Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
God expects us to always owe a debt of love to one another. I think that is amazing, that of all the debts we have or could have God reminds us that we can never repay the debt of love that we owe to Him. What’s more he expects us to repay that debt by loving one another.
How would our relationships change if we approached everything we do, with this idea that we owe this person a great debt of love that can never be repaid? Especially if this person is someone who we might not get along with very well.
Worship Song List for 11-5
- O To Be Like Thee
- God Is Able
- Come Thou Fount
- My Lighthouse