Owe nothing to anyone

Romans_13-8

Revised and re-posted, the Verse of the Day for April 16, 2018 offers sound advice, not only during “tax time” but these words we can apply every day of our lives:

Romans 13:8 ( NLT):

[Love Fulfills God’s Requirements] Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.

Here is the New King James Version:

Owe no one anything except to love one another,

for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

The Amplified Bible offers a sure-fire strategy to “get out of debt” with this 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].

In reflecting on this 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 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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