Blessed to be a blessing
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8
The debt of love. What if you were indebted to everyone to pay them back in love, and not just on a monthly basis? What if you were in a life debt to love everyone, everywhere, all day long, every day? Seems like a pretty high price to pay, right? Well, according to this scripture, you are. I am too, and quite frankly, that is a little intimidating. I don’t know that I have that kind of love inside of me. The truth is, in myself, I don’t. However, when I accepting Jesus into my life as my Lord and Savior, He gave me God’s love to love the whole world with (see Romans 5:5). Now thats a lot of love.
So why does God want me to love everyone? There are some very unlovable people out there, surly He doesn’t intend that I should love them? The verse today says that in loving others, we fulfill the law. The old covenant law was given to protect people from each other, but love was given to connect people to each other. In loving one another, we look out for each others needs and best interest above our own. When we love others with the love of God, people are then drawn to Him and His goodness and then to His great salvation.
The only question left is how. How do we love others and think about them before we think about our own needs? The truth is that when we receive salvation, we receive a new nature, God’s nature. That is what must be grown and cultivated in each one of us until it becomes part of us. The way to grow love is to prepare, plant and practice it.
First, you must prepare your heart by keeping it clean before the Lord. This means that each day, you come before your Heavenly Father for cleansing by praise, worshiping and giving thanks. Second, you plant the seed of love with the Word God has given on the subject of love. Such scriptures as: God so loved the world, the love of God has be poured out into our hearts and love one another because love is of God and you have been born again of Him. Then water that word seed with prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to grow and remind you of that love throughout your day. Lastly, practice love. Everywhere you go love others by giving them preference above yourself and humbly offering kindness in word and actions. This is the only way to get good at anything, practice it daily.
Today I want to encourage you to get rid of financial debt and pressure in your life. Instead, replace it with the debt of love. Take time to cultivate the love of God in your daily walk with Him. Press into His love each day to get a healthy dose to carry with you on your way. Then, ask the Holy Spirit to remind you to share it with others throughout the day. Practice it continually and soon you will enjoy the debt of love that you own to ALL people.
Today scripture reading: Romans 13:8-10