Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. ~ Romans 13:8
Some translations say, “let love be your only debt.”
Have you ever owed anything to anyone or had an outstanding debt? To have something unpaid, unfinished, pending or ongoing can be comparable to a heavy cloud hanging over your head or like a ball and chain. Debt creates pressure and no one likes pressure. To let “no debt remaining outstanding” is pretty easy to understand. Mortgages, hospital bills, college tuition, credit cards, and car payments all need to be paid and should not be left outstanding. But what does this clause “except the continuing debt of love” look like? Imagine a world with no debt other than love for one another. It’s an interesting thought to think of love being a debt that we cannot pay off fully or be done with.
Ponder for a moment, that you can never out-give love. We continually owe love no matter how many times we have previously given it. Love is our continual debt to each other. If we owe love to someone at 3:00 pm we will still owe them love at 5:00 pm. And this is what love looks like, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; This is the continuing debt of love.
Thankfully we do not have to pay this debt of love in our own strength or merit. Rather, we can receive the limitless, overflow of God’s love for us, overflowing out of us to others. As we are rooted and grounded in the love of God, we are able to love others more deeply.
Written by: Nita Weldon
Published on 10/12/18