The Best Debt

Read Romans 13:1 through 16:27


Generally the Bible encourages believers to live a life free of debt. Obviously, the framework of modern American life offers distinctions between the kind of debt that is basically acceptable (such as a reasonable mortgage) and the debt that can be burdensome and corrosive (like payday loans, etc.). There is one debt we are encouraged to maintain at all times.


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


For believers, loving others isn’t a suggestion. It is an obligation, and one that is never paid off in this life. The choice to love is one every believer is commanded to make. Amazingly, while this debt cannot be paid in full, it can render significant benefits to the debtor. As we love others, we set an example for how people should treat one another; we feel the blessing of expressing love; and we show our obedience to God.


Thought for Today:

Well-managed money is seldom borrowed, but a well-managed life is continually paying the debt of love.

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