Back to sincere love: it’s all about the outstanding debt of love.

After an interlude about governments, Paul gets right back to relationships and the love of God that we share with others.

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13 v 8)

Some focus on the debt and use it as a proof text to show we shouldn’t borrow anything. They not only miss the whole point about the outstanding extravagant love for each other but they miss even what Paul was saying about debt. He isn’t saying don’t borrow but he is saying make sure you pay back what you borrow.

The aim for your Christian life is not about being more powerful and doing great exploits. It is not even about not being in debt. But it is about grasping, comprehending, perceiving, learning, reaching, testing, plumbing to the depths and rising to the heights in discovering the love of Christ for other people. It is to learn the unconditional, non-judgmental, selfless, sacrificial love within community where you will always be in debt. There will never be a time when you can say I have loved that person enough. You are to go on and on and on. You are to die loving. Yes there are heartaches and yes we have to move on but we do so not with bitterness and anger but with love. It is to give extravagant, outlandish, loud and courageous love to others. It is this love that fulfils everything that God wants in terms of obedience (known as the law).

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