Thursday Week 37 — Debt of Love (Porcupine Hugging)
Thursday, September 15, 2016, Wale Ola
Scripture Reading For Today — Romans 13:8-10
"Owe no one anything, except to love one another".
I'd like us to remind ourselves of a statement that was made in yesterday's devotional:
"Our love for people must be an overflow of our love for God—that is how we can love people properly with the God kind of love."
Hear again what the bible says in 1 John 4:20-21:
"If anyone says "I love God" and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And the commandment we have from him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too."
Our scripture text for today introduces a very interesting take on our love relationship with other people, that challenges what we would call the
normal, worldly way of thinking:
"Owe no one anything, except to love one another."
The verb to "owe" means: "To have an obligation to pay or repay someone in return for something received"; it also means: "to be under a moral obligation
to give someone something—like respect, gratitude; or to be indebted to someone".
In the context of our scripture text (Rom 13:8), the bible is telling us that we have a debt of love, or an obligation to love one another, as a result
of the love that we ourselves have first received from the Lord. In doing this the bible further tells us, we actually fulfil all the other moral
"for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, "Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not covet," (and if there is any other commandment) are summed up in this, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." Romans 13:9-10 NET
The debt of love is a debt that we cannot and will not be able to completely pay off as long as we are alive on this side of eternity.
To fulfil this commandment and pay our debt of love, we have to understand that we will sometimes have to do some "porcupine hugging" — cantankerous
people, loveless people, unreasonable people, even sometimes, people that have hurt us, have to be the beneficiaries of this payment.
So dear child of God, it doesn't matter how that brother or sister have hurt you — the counsel of God is that you love them "in spite" of, thereby
fulfilling the commandment of God.
Pastor Wale Ola
1. What is God saying to me in today's message?
2. What was ministered to me in the bible verses that I read today?
3. What are the changes or adjustments I need to make in my life to align with the word of God?
4. What is my commitment to the word for today?
5. What practical steps can I take to benefit from the word I have read today?
Memory Verse For The Week — John 15:10
Dear Lord, I pray that You will shed Your love abroad in my heart, and give me the grace to pay the debt of love that I owe.