Reading: Romans 13: 8-10
The Federal Reserve in 2010 indicated that the total amount of consumer debt in the U.S. economy was $2.4 trillion dollars. That works out to around $7,800 for every man, woman and child who live in the United States. Most financial experts will tell you that debt is not a good thing. Paul seems to concur in verse 8, with one exception-what he calls the debt of love.
We don't often think that we owe others our kindness our love or even forgiveness-unless they have paid the same to us in full. However in God's economy it doesn't work that way. The unmerciful servant in Matthew 18:23-35 was condemned because he failed to acknowledge the mercy of his Master in his dealings with others. If the measure of God's love for us determines the degree of debt we owe to love others, how are we doing in paying it out?