Daily Devotional 6-24-20

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We live in a society where debt is normal. I mean, most people carry student loan debt, car debt, house debt, credit card debt. Some people are even making payments, Believe it or not, on their dog! Now I could talk for hours about what the Bible says about debt. It’s slavery. It’s not good. And we should avoid it whenever possible. But did you know that there’s one kind of debt that the Bible says that we should have?

Look at what Paul writes in Romans 13:8, “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law” (ESV). So Paul says don’t be in debt to anyone, but we do owe everyone one thing, and that is love. Why is that? Because love fulfills the law.

Now, what does that mean? Love fills the law. Paul explains it in the next few verses. He says, “For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet.” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:9-10).

You see every commandment in the Bible and any other commandment or good moral principle that we should follow is summarized in this one word here: love. And how should we love others? Well, you love them as you love yourself. Treat people the way that you would want to be treated yourself. And this is the golden rule that Jesus gave us long ago, right? Do to others as you would have them do to you.

So why is this how we should treat people when they’re mean? They’re stubborn. People can be rude, ignorant, hateful, even.

The Bible makes this very simple. 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” You see, we love God because his great love mercy forgiveness and grace that he is so generously given to us, even though we don’t deserve any of it, right? Therefore, whether we think somebody deserves it or not, we follow God’s lead and give the same love away that we have received from God. We give that to others.

There’s no greater hypocrite than a so-called Christian who does not love. How dare we receive God’s love, and then somehow feel more deserving of it than anybody else around us. How dare we call ourselves followers of God if we harbor hatred, bitterness, or indifference towards our neighbors. I mean, how dare we think that we can love God when we hate someone else because they are not like us.

You see when we receive the forgiveness of Christ, the debt of our sins, that we’ve carried with us, the debt we have of our sins has been washed away. The only debt that we now carry is to love one another.

So my challenge to you today is simply this: extend God’s love to everyone. No matter who they are, no matter what they’ve done, or what they post on social media, no matter how difficult that might be, owe no one anything but love.