Rosualdo is just an ordinary person with an extraordinary God, who wants to spread God’s words and love through writing articles and poems.
Outstanding debt will always bring anxieties, fears, and troubles within the deep cavern of our hearts and minds if we were unable to meet our obligations to pay. It will drag out our attention and focus on the things we always do because of the possible consequences of our failure to resolve them. Debt will always lose its taste and savor when the due date begins to land its first step making disturbance and panic to a weary mind and a fainted heart. The consequence or the product of failing to meet a responsibility is like a sinkhole continuously expanding and going straight to a debtor’s location. A joyful and peaceful experience sometimes will turn into a nightmare. A mental and emotional eclipse will devour the bright and sunny days of living. Physical reserves will also lose their vigor when the inward counterparts cease to function. Problems and difficulties will always be the sum of unpaid obligations. The Bible discourages anyone to have an outstanding debt but it also encourages anyone to have an outstanding debt of another kind. Do the Bible want anyone to suffer the consequences by diving into the oceans of distress? The Bible means the other debt to remain in everyone’s life is beneficial to even to the debtor. The word of God vocally encourages every believer to have an outstanding debt to love one another for a God-pleasing and a God-glorifying life, not a troubled filled-life (Romans 13:8).
What Are The Consequences Of Having An Outstanding Debt To Love?
1. The debtor will have the privilege to fulfill the law or the command of God
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does not harm a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:8-10 NIV)
Pleasing God is hard to do in this world of greed and selfishness. But those who indwelt by the power of love were able to please him. They can have the privilege of fulfilling the law of God. The consequence of having a debt to love is that we can showcase the love of God to our neighbors by loving them as we loved ourselves. If God’s love is a resident of our heart this outstanding debt must cease not because God’s love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8). It is Paul’s desire in his epistle to the Romans that this kind of debt must remain outstanding to the lives of all believers in Rome so that they can act what is pleasing to God by doing his laws or his commandments. To love one another must be the driving force of a Christian living for love is the proof of Christian spiritual well-being.
2. The debtor can have the privilege to become a child of God
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48 NIV)
The outreach or the perimeter of the debt to love must reach to all just as the love of God encompasses the world (John 3:16). God demonstrates his great love to all while a man is in sin and an enemy of God, through the redeeming death of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8). All hearts possessed by God’s love must love anyone even if it is an enemy. Love is not selective, so its object is not subject to selection. Loving an enemy is a great object of love and it is also a great triumph of love. Loving and forgiving are the best things to do than hating because hatred brings inner conflicts that rob the joy and peace of God from us while love covers over a multitude of sins (Proverbs 10:12) (1 Peter 4:8). Those who dwell in hatred lives and walk in the darkness that blinded them (1 John 2:11). Whoever claims to love God yet abides in hate is a liar for he cannot love the invisible without loving the visible being (1 John 4:20).
The consequence of the debt to love is that we become children of God. Jesus highlights that loving our enemies will showcase that we are God’s children. Loving those who love us will not make us a higher creation of God. Loving those who do evil or wicked acts to us is commendable and rewardable in the eyes of God. Like father like son, so we must follow how our heavenly Father acts to exhibit our sonship. Love is the evidence and manifestation of the children of God (1 John 3:10). Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God because God is love (1 John 4:7-8). Children of God are the reflection of God.
3. The debtor can have the privilege of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35 NIV)
As son reflects the father, disciple reflects the teacher. Jesus gives a new command to his disciples that they should love one another to indicate and demonstrate their discipleship to everyone. The consequence of the debt to love is that we become a disciple of Jesus Christ. The love of our Lord as he gave himself for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God set us a footprint to follow and walk in the way of love (Ephesians 5:2). The life Jesus lived in the world is a life full of love and compassion for everyone in need. Love must be the fuel that energizes our Christian walk to exhibit that we belong to Christ. As Jesus overcomes the world through love so a disciple must conquer the world also using the power of love. A true disciple of Christ is Christ-like.
Outstanding debt to love must remain a vital motivating factor in a believer’s life. The word of God encourages Christians to: do everything in love (1 Corinthians 16:14), follow the way of love ( 1 Corinthians 14:1), speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), having a sincere love (Romans 12:9), and loving each other deeply (1 Peter 4:8). The debt to love must be the breath of our heart and soul. God is not unjust; he will never forget the work and love we have shown to everyone (Hebrews 6:10).
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