I’m an introvert. I may not always act the part but when I see lots of strangers in the big city (for example) I really see a sea of ice. I don’t see “friendly” on faces. It’s a fact, I don’t always like to be around people.
So when I was reading Romans 13 this morning I was nodding my head yes when Paul says to obey authority, pay your taxes and don’t owe anyone anything; I’m good so far. I’m still nodding yes.
Except The continuing debt…..
(I’m not nodding yes anymore) Romans 13:8 says “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another…” I looked at this twice and said “What? I’m in debt?”
I’m sorry. I’m stuck on this continuing debt thing. If Love is money, say God’s currency, then I’m in debt and cannot get out. In fact there is a daily debt added and I’m in deep. No matter how much I love, show love, pay love money to my neighbor and fellow mankind I have just entered an alternate reality.
A verse popped into my mind “If anyone be in Christ they are a new creation...and have entered into a new reality” (well my remake of 2nd Corinthians 5:17 and I think I was frowning here).
Read on Gary…“for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law” In other words the currency of love balances the checkbook in Gods eyes.
It’s dangerous to think outside the book but I have questions and you might have some thoughts.
So if we start every day in debt, say $200 in debt and do nothing does my debt compound? Does a smile count for more than a dollar? Do I really have to be proactive today? Do introverts have a reduced debt? Is the national debt bigger than the love debt?
Look where I just went! Am I already trying to game the system? I think so.
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. James 4:17
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”. John 13:34