“Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7 NLT
Debt is frequently more than just transactional; it is often emotional but also a matter of conscience. This is particularly true when the debt is between individuals. There may not be significant conscience activity between the borrower and the bank for a mortgage, but it may be inescapable between two people.
Have you ever owed or lent money to someone? A friend, relative, or co-worker? And then has the time period of repayment gone longer than agreed. There becomes an ambient pressure that is caused by the debt and is amplified with proximity. It changes the relationship. There is a consistent sense of something that needs to be resolved.
Financial debt is best avoided, but there is a type of debt that is best to be mindful of and act upon. It is a good debt. Not to borrow but to give and continue to give. The debt of love.
Paul wrote that:
“Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.” Romans 13:8 NLT
The same sense of conscience that is present in financial debt, ought to be applied to the obligation to love one another. We owe love to the people that are around us, and we ought to be continually giving it away.
This week, intentionally love those that are around you.