Paying Our Debt

Romans 13:8: “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Owe no man anything: This is not instruction against going into debt. There are some things that we can’t pay cash for. However, we should try to keep our debt at a minimum. What this scripture is really saying is that we should pay our bills on time. We owe it at the time the bill is supposed to be paid and we should pay it on time. This comes from the fact that we have given our word and agreed to this. As a Christian we should be true to our word and give a good testimony as to our trustworthiness.

But to love one another: This is a debt that cannot be paid in full. Our debt to love one another is fresh and new every day and every moment of every day. We are to be paying on this debt without ceasing by loving everyone continually. Our love is to be with grace, meaning that we love the other person whether they deserve it or not. Grace is unmerited undeserved favor. “God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).

For he that loves another has fulfilled the law: “Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:10).