“Owe no one anything except to love one another…” -Romans 13:8
Though we hear some debt is good to build up credit, we try our best to part with it. Did you know according to the Bible there is debt in relation to love? This is a debt we are called to pay into daily. Jesus said loving one another is a mark of knowing Him. Knowing Christ transforms our thinking (Romans12:1,2). Jesus said “Love one another as I have Love you” and people will know that we belong to Him (Jn 13:35).. This command extends to all people. In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37), Jesus showed that the command “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18) extends even to strangers in need. It applies to people whom we may not especially like and to those who have wronged us. We do not necessarily have to like them, but we do need to love them and forgive them. As you read the famous love chapter (1Corinthians13), we see words in our language that qualify as descriptors or adjectives, but in the original Greek language, these are words of “continuous” action. John 15:13 says “greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” God, with love in action, sent His Son. Jesus actively loved us by sacrificing His life for us (John 3:16), so that we can have the hope of Heaven. We needed forgiveness. So Jesus, out of love, came to pay a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay. Pay some of that debt down today. Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays 8:30 & 10:30 am, Wednesdays at 7pm at Clara Barton Elementary School (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale). Visit their website at www.calvaryeastvale.org.