“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8
To love others is not just a good lifestyle choice; for children of God, for those whose eyes are open to the truth, it is an obligation and a command. The truth is we owe a debt of love.
Do you know that you are a debtor to God? We need to know our true position: we are all debtors, being sinners. Sin is a debt to God Almighty, some sinners are greater debtors indeed, but one thing is clear, whether the debt is more or less, it is greater than we are able to pay. Jesus was handed over for our salvation. A ransom was paid – the just for the unjust, the righteous for the unrighteous. There was no peace made but by His blood on the Cross. It was a debt that could not be paid in a person’s lifetime.
“He paid the debt He did not owe
I owed a debt I could not pay
I needed Someone to wash my sins away
Now I can sing a brand new song amazing grace
Lord Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay.”
It is God’s will that you remember that you have sinned and have been forgiven for it is that remembrance that creates in you a merciful and compassionate heart towards others. Loving your enemy is always unreasonable until you come to realise that you yourself were an enemy of God before He forgave you. There is a debt of love that we owe to each and everyone. Don’t be like the ungrateful servant in Matthew 18:21-35, who was blinded to his true position and refused to forgive others when he had been forgiven so much.
Make a decision today to love the unlovable, to forgive those who have hurt you, because by doing so, you are paying the debt of love.