A Christian’s Continuous Debt

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8).

For a Christian, loving others is a debt which is ever due, yet never paid in full.

The imperative “Owe no one anything” is not a categorical prohibition of all monetary debt; rather, it is an injunction to meet whatever financial commitments you have made and to meet them on the terms mutually agreed upon. If you have been loaned some money and have consented to repay the loan with interest in monthly installments for the next twelve months, keep your word. If the payment is due on the first of the month, then be sure payment has been received by that date.

Monetary loans may be made and then paid off. Bills will be received and then remitted on time and in full. Loving others is a different kind of debt. With each day this debt comes due and must be paid in full. Once paid, it will recur tomorrow with the same obligation and payment plan.

The gospel in your life perpetually places you in love’s continuous debt with its daily payment due date.

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