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Pandemic Perspective – Part 58 The Debt of Love – Part 1

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Pandemic Perspective – Part 58 The Debt of Love – Part 1

Romans 13:8-10

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 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.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

What should be a Christian’s attitude toward others? Romans 13:8 says it should be Love. The initial statement is a continuation of the responsibility of Christians to pay their debts. Our debts show up regularly in the form of bill, you pay them, but like weeds, they just keep coming back.  There is the electric, gas and water bill, the fuel bill, mortgage payments, insurance bills, credit card bills, car payments, on and on. When we don’t pay our bills the mountain of debt piles up and we can get buried, not knowing which ones to pay first. The issue of handling money is more than a financial issue it is a spiritual and moral one because its use or misuse affects others. Paul tells us that we must do what we can to be out of debt but there is one debt which will always remain due. It is a debt we can never pay off, our obligation to love others, it is a debt that will owe until the day we die. While we live, we get to pay this debt as often as possible, as much as possible, and to as many as possible. Paul calls us to live within our means without being mean by reminding us of the:  

  • Debt of Love 

When you look at your bills it is a reminder of what you owe and Paul reminds us that we owe love, it is our primary debt. There is something in every one of us that wants to diminish this requirement either by saying I have done enough or by limiting who we do it for. Yet Jesus taught in Luke 10:25-37 that our neighbor includes anyone we meet that has a need they are not capable of handling. When the expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus told him the story of the good Samaritan. Then Jesus asked him, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” And Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” So, there is no limit to who we should love and on the amount we love we can never say “I have loved enough”. With love we will never get to the point where we have sacrificed enough, given enough of our time, energy, money, and efforts, been kind enough or even patient enough. No matter how loving we may have been in the past, we’re still indebted to love. We can never repay the love Christ showed us on the cross of Calvary but we can love in all of our relationships. 


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Pandemic Perspective – Part 57 A heart of Trust Part 3

2 Chronicles 16:9

9 The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.”

Who we place our trust in reveals not only a right heart but also a:

  • REBELLIOUS HEART

The Lord is searching to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him, in other words those whose hearts are COMPLETELY His. Who does your heart belong to? Asa had a divided heart; he was not fully committed to the Lord and we need to understand that this is a heart of rebellion. Asa did not want to listen to the Word of God through Hanani the prophet, when confronted by the prophet Asa threw him in prison. Our actions often reveal the true condition of our hearts, because our behavior is a true reflection of what we believe. The Lord is searching for people that He may powerfully strengthen through every circumstance, trial and difficulty. The Lord knows those who need His strength, grace and power demonstrated on their behalf.  He sees every hurt, every trial, the hardships and circumstances that we face, and He desires to strengthen our weary hearts and weakened faith. God will strengthen those who acknowledge Him as Lord and God and trust Him by follow Him faithfully, trust is a heart issue.  Through our circumstances the Lord wants to show His mighty power and faithfulness, He searches and sees the heart that cries out to Him and those who acknowledge their need of Him. A rebellious heart does not request help but rejects what it really needs. What and who are you receiving and rejecting? The scriptures are filled with those that God powerfully strengthened and helped because their hearts were committed:

Moses when he was afraid to go to Egypt and face Pharaoh, the Lord promised “I will be with you”. The Lord demonstrated His might and faithfulness to Moses and Israel and He alone delivered them out of Egypt through the parting of the Sea.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego the three Hebrews refused to bow down to the golden idol of Nebuchadnezzar, they remained true to worship the One True God. As a result, they were thrown into the furnace of fire, but they refused to compromise in the face of death. The Lord intervened and protected them with His presence, they were delivered out of the fire alive and unburned.

Daniel also refused to compromise the law of Almighty God for the law of a human king. When he chose to pray to and worship God alone, he was cast into a den of lions. The Lord sent His angel to shut the mouths of the lions and kept Daniel from harm.

Peter in Acts 12 was imprisoned for preaching about Jesus, under heavy guard an angel of the Lord came and released him and set him free to continue his preaching.

When we turn to God and commit our whole hearts to Him, we find ourselves trusting in Him alone and we experience what He alone can do. We experience the powerful arm of deliverance that parts the circumstances of our life. We experience the preserving presence of the water of the Word that quenches the burning flames of our circumstances. We experience His powerful hand that holds the jaws of our deadly circumstances closed. We experience His light that breaks the chains of darkness and sets us free to praise and preach about His name. These examples should increase our faith in the faithfulness and power of God.  Whatever situation we may face the Lord desires to “strongly support” us, to strengthen our weak hearts.  It is in the heart that a person believes Him, and it is in the heart that a person denies Him. Are you weak and weary is it time to trust in His Strength? To trust in the promise of His Word, Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”?