Keep out of debt and owe no man anything

Romans_13-8Not long ago, a friend shared his mother’s favorite verse, a verse that had been repeated so many times that he had also committed it to memory. Here is the King James Version of Romans 13:8:

Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

The verse brought to mind a previous blog entry which is revised and posted below:

keep out of debtThe Amplified Bible offers a sure-fire strategy to “get out of debt” with this exhortation which is a restatement of Romans 13:8:

Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one’s fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].

During these perilous times of increasing financial distress and utter economic upheaval, a word to the wise is “get out of debt” and “keep out of debt.” In his book, Jerrold Mundis shares principles that teach How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously.

In reflecting on that verse, we also recognize “The first and great commandment: To love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” Believers are further instructed to “love your neighbor as yourself.” When we love God, first of all, and then love others to the same degree that we love ourselves, we fulfill the law of love which is the highest expression of God, who is love.

Romans 13:8 also provides the introduction to this poem:

This Debt of Love

Owe no one anything except to love one another,

for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8 [NKJV]


What can you give when all you have is not enough

And when you have exhausted all your resources

And you still come up short as you assess the worth

Of the precious love so freely given to you?

When the last dram of oil from your vial has been poured

As a sacrifice and you have no more to give

But still feel this unction to offer all the more,

What more can you say beyond a feeble thank you

When words cannot convey all you desire to say.

Though you try to show Him as you follow His ways,

You still stumble from time to time and miss the mark,

But He looks beyond your faults and sees your intent.

As you live your life to serve, you will come to see

This debt of love so great that no one can repay.

Lamar Campbell and Praise express the essence of the message in song with “This Debt of Love I Owe.”

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2 Responses to “Keep out of debt and owe no man anything”

  1. kindigjerri Says:

    Great post! I really enjoyed it. Been reading a lot on debt, with my personal and business finances. Right now reading Good Debt, Bad Debt and a Better Way Forward by Steve Markowitz. That’s been a fantastic read for me. I really hadn’t spent much time in the Word when it came to debt, guess I should have started there and then I would be more at ease.

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