Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. — Rom 13:8 NET
It may be worth our while to linger today on one duty suggested in our reading – to keep out of debt. “Owe no man anything.”
There is much need that this lesson should be enforced. There are many Christian people whose consciences need toning up on this subject. They think nothing of borrowing money. Those who are reputed to be kind–hearted have a great many requests to lend.
It is not only in time of pressing need that people want to borrow, but ofttimes in order to provide luxuries. Then the next easy step is to become careless in repaying. Some do return their loans on the day, but many never repay at all. It is a fatal habit to fall into – this of borrowing and not paying.
It is ruinous to character, for when one has become able to do it without worrying – letting the other person do the worrying – one has run down to a low moral state.
Then the penalty on the man who does not pay his debts is inexorably exacted by society.
Mornings With God - July 9
Public domain content taken from Morning Thoughts by J.R. Miller.