“Pay all your debts except the debt of love for others—never finish paying that! For if you love them, you will be obeying all of God’s laws, fulfilling all his requirements.” (Romans 13: 8, the Living Bible)
Yes, we should do our best to pay our debts, to keep our balance with others free and clear. It is right and brings peace to know that we have restored to another what belongs to them or showed sufficient appreciation for what may have been done for us. It rests the soul to feel that we have done or are doing our best to pay what we honestly owe.
But according to the counsel in this verse, we can never stop paying off the debt of love for others. These continual payments are what we owe to God. And by this perpetual outlay, we not only serve Him Who is Love, but gain all the goodness that this payment brings us.
For Love is boundless, from God, and by its use it multiplies. We are blessed by the giving of love to one another, and also by receiving it without qualification. This Love utilized will never run out. We will always have enough to continue to pay that debt, to share love freely and to be generous about it.
These “love offerings” are not an expense to us. They are what make us rich beyond measure—rich in joy, satisfaction, and true peace of mind.
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