A Debt We Never Repay

My wife and I learned early on that having three children close in age can be quite expensive. Twelve consecutive years of private Christian schools, eight successive years of college (four years we had two enrolled)…followed by three weddings in three years definitely took its toll on our pocketbook! Still, we have absolutely no complaints because through it all, God has been faithful to provide. Dave Ramsey, financial guru, would be proud of our efforts to put behind us these financial obligations.

While scripture does not specifically prohibit debt, it does strongly admonish believers to pay their financial obligations and to pay them on time.  Did you know that, also according to Scripture, there is one debt we can never fully repay?  With regard to this debt, there is no limit and God actually wants us to “run up the credit card”. Paul writes “Let no debt remain outstanding except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law…summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself (Romans 13:8-10).

Believers are commanded to owe nothing to anyone – except to love everyone, Christians and non-Christians alike. Paul summed up the law in one command: “love your neighbor as yourself”. When we show others the same care we have for ourselves, we will not violate any of God’s laws regarding interpersonal relationships.

Consider this command in the context of the workplace and your relationships that exist there. Do you love your “neighbor” (e.g. colleague, employee, teammate, boss, subordinate, customer, vendor, etc.) as you love yourself? If you do, you will always do what is best for them, because that is what you would do for yourself.

Our Workplace Challenge is to run up lots of “love-one-another” debt. How do we do it? We care for others the way we care for ourselves and we treat them the way we want to be treated (Luke 6:31)…with respect, dignity and compassion. They don’t deserve it you say? Well, neither did we, but “God demonstrated His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners He died for us” (Romans 5:8).  Our debt is to love as He loves…a debt we can never fully repay. Do it for His glory!