I Love You To Debt

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

Hey this love God and your neighbor stuff, It’s a really big deal in the market place of the eternal. We have the God Breathed book and the Holy Spirit to teach us all things. Let us be entrepreneurs about loving to debt

Gary

Note: This currency is alive but the wanted poster is out and Satan wants it dead.

25 thoughts on “I Love You To Debt

  1. I have always said Gary that tithing in the New Testament was not of money. It was giving of yourself to others and that means loving them because God loved us first. So yes I believe you are exactly right when you say that the currency of God is indeed love. It’s sad that in these times we will not be able to buy or sell the truth of love in the Gospel because that currency will not be accepted. The love is growing cold fo so many. But, we trust in the good LORD to make all things good. God Bless

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  2. Interesting perspective, thanks for sharing. Indeed, we are indebted to the Lord for every breath we take, and the Lord’s prayer (Matt 6:12 “and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”) makes clear that all sin is seen as a debt owed to God. Praise the Lord for the amazing Grace poured out on us through Christ’s atoning sacrifice! He paid all our debt that we cannot pay, and thus we can walk in liberty and our honest but flawed attempts at love to God and to others are covered by grace and we can rejoice that we are debt free. The law (even the law of love) is something we desire to fulfill because it pleases our Lord, and we recognize our ongoing debt as grounds for ongoing confession, repentance, and thanksgiving to the who paid it all.

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      1. I don’t think they will. You merely made some interesting observations and posed some interesting questions! Great way to engage your readers in discussion!

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  3. Good one, Gary. You said it well with “we have entered a new reality.” So many different ways to approach this question. I often got this question about our debt of love from the men at the Mission.
    I reminded them about the Hippocratic oath for medical doctors. It says “First, do no harm.” A Christian being a priest is also a spiritual doctor. All of us. But considering our fallen humanity, and differing personalities will clash, we should consider the first act of love, the bottom rung of the ladder, “First do no harm.” The more our love for the Savior grows, the more that love will overflow into this world. Our cup will certainly “runneth over.”
    I also like your question, “Is a smile worth more than a dollar?” I consider a smile worth infinitely more. It is an overt act of love.

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    1. Thanks G.W. I kind of propped this blog ladder against a wall to see who would climb it and add content and context…1st rung “do no harm” I really like that. It’s so true…When will you write your book on this?? It would be a good small group study. I was hoping someone would tackle the smile value question. You. I agree. wars could be avoided with smiles (at least relational wars at home and in the work place and politics and…who knows? People don’t even like eye contact these days.
      “100 ways to love”…another book?

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  4. As a fellow introvert I resemble your remarks. 🙂 Wanda likes to call me a curmudgeon and I guess I live up to that pretty well. But I get great delight in making large payments on the debt of love.

    Bless you today my brother!

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  5. I know the delight well on making large but mostly small debt payments my friend. You put together a great blog today Homer! Like I mentioned to G.W. I seem to lean a ladder against a wall with my blog and see who will climb it. An instigator of conversation mixed with bloggers who read it and say to themselves “I can do better than that” …then they do.

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  6. I like your closing statement: “Let us be entrepreneurs about loving….” Oh, that we would invest as much of our energy and talent into loving others as we do in other areas!

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  7. And therein lies the rub Kevin. We can talk and sing about it, but actually loving in tangible and real ways is a detour and costs us something up front. Big payoff though in the long run. Thanks for your comment.

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  8. Love is the greatest currency on earth because it is God’s currency. There is no price that we can put on kindness. The Holy Spirit abides with us and allows us to deal in this currency of love. As scripture reminds us, ‘love never fails’: 1 Corinthians 13:8. Love is the treasure we carry with us when we enter heaven; love is the force that will carry us there, and love is the force that will carry us all of our days. 1 Corinthians 13:2: ‘Without love, I am nothing.’

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    1. So True Linda. A whole book could be written about how Love currency grows by spending it, and love cannot be hoarded or it dissipates. One could write about Love currency character.

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  9. As a fellow introvert, I totally get this. We are to be servants of Christ, which requires interaction with others. Yet for us introverts, that can be a real challenge. We have to push ourselves more than others to get out of our comfort zone.

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  10. That’s so true Stephanie. We introverts do have an edge (maybe). We tend to plan our conversation and interactions with others more than the extrovert. Just making myself think that anyway.

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