Pay the debt of love with love

Romans 13:8-10

Avoid getting into debt, except the debt of mutual love. If you love your fellow men you have carried out your obligations.

All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbour as yourself. Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.

Scripture:The words in the scripture that spoke to me today are

Avoid getting into debt, except the debt of mutual love.
Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.

Observation: What is Jesus saying personally to me today- Pay the debt of love with love

There is a cost to love regardless of what type of love it is. Family, intimate partner, friend or love of God, to love, something needs to give way whether you call it a cost, debt or payment. A common theme through out the types of love is to put someone before yourself. What I am prepared to sacrifice, what is the debt I will pay, comes down to what brings me closer to God rather than away from him.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

Application: How do I respond to what you are saying to me today?

To identify what brings me closer to God or not, requires such a deep examination of my self that that it sometimes feels impossible. I get stuck on what is a healthy boundary, what are acceptable needs and is it possible that none of them are really that important anyway? To love and put someone before myself means to me, that I must challenge my worldly programming, my expectations, my ego desires and this is truely difficult. Today, I will ask God, what debt I must pay with love, for the debt of mutual love.

Prayer:

Lord,
The debt seems high, to high to and too much to pay.
I want to pay this debt but sometimes feel defeated.
I cannot do this without you, I need your help.
I surrender to what ever it is that you want from me.
Through your love may my love be pure and not self centred
Amen