Posts Tagged ‘this debt of love I owe’

Love: the fulfillment of the law

February 21, 2018

Romans 13--9-10

In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day and beyond, the over-riding theme for the Verse of the Day for Biblegateway.com has been “the love of God.” We note the Verse of the Day for February 21, 2018 turns out to be “another verse from that same love song” found in Romans 13:9-10 (NIV):

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

In reflecting on this passage from Romans 13, 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.

An earlier blog post on this ongoing theme directed our attention to the preceding verse of today’s Verse of the Day. The 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].

This verse also provided the introduction to this poem which was has been revised and reposted from that earlier entry discussing the love of God:

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 we give when all we have is not enough

And when we have exhausted all our resources

And we still come up short as we assess the worth

Of the precious love given to us so freely?

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

As a sacrifice and we have no more to give

But still feel this unction to offer even more.

What more can we say beyond a feeble thank you

When words cannot convey all we desire to say?

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

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

But He looks beyond our faults and sees our intent.

As we live your lives to serve, we will come to see

This debt of love so great we can never repay.

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

This debt of love

April 15, 2016

Romans 13--6-7 2

Romans 13:6-7 (Amplified Bible):

For this same reason you pay taxes, for civil authorities are God’s servants, devoting themselves to governance. Pay to all what is due: tax to whom tax is due, customs to whom customs, respect to whom respect, honor to whom honor.

The Verse of the Day for March 15, 2016 could certainly seem to be an appropriate passage for “Tax Day” ( although this year Americans have been granted a reprieve until March 18), but if we also take a look at the next verse, we can see that exhortation is more than an encouragement to pay your taxes:

Romans 13:8 (AMP):

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 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.

God’s Word Translation offers this rendering of Romans 13:8:

Pay your debts as they come due. However, one debt you can never finish paying is the debt of love that you owe each other.

This phrase “the debt of love” 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.”

Keep out of debt and owe no man anything

November 3, 2014

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.”

Romans 13:8: Keep out of debt

April 16, 2014

Romans_13-8

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.” Jerrold Mundis shares principles that teach How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously.

keep out of debt

The Verse of the Day for April 16, 2014 also offers a sure-fire strategy to get out of debt. The Amplified Bible provides 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].

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.

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