Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8 NIV

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Debt to Love One Another

Household debt in Canada is now the highest of any G7 country, according to data by the country’s housing agency. The amount owed by Canadian households is also higher than the country’s entire GDP. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said high home prices are to blame for the ballooning debt. Household debt in the US and the UK, by comparison, has shrunk in the last 10 years. Canada’s housing agency has warned that Canadians would not be able to weather a recession because of the high amount of debt they owe.

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Ordinarily debt is a terrible thing – it can cause sleepless nights, broken relationships and a lifetime of financial challenges. The Bible calls God’s people to be wise financial managers and to avoid debt. Except in one major area of life. In Romans 13:8, the apostle Paul writes “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” We owe a debt to the Lord Jesus that we can never repay. By His substitutionary death on a Roman cross, Jesus paid the price of our redemption. He took upon Himself the punishment we deserve for our sin. He knows that we could never repay the Lord for this, but Paul says there is something we can do – we can love each other. That is Jesus’ desire for us – he prayed in John 17 that we Christians might be one as He and the Father are one. Your response to God’s gift of eternal life is to love others. By doing so we show to others just how much God loves us – and them.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley