Prayer Focus: United Kingdom

Bible Reading: Romans 13-16

Scripture

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. For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law. (Romans 16:8-10)

Observation

Sometimes the Scriptures are so simple and clear. This is not explicitly a passage on financial debt, but Paul uses the metaphor to communicate our one and only obligation to others—love. Love your neighbor…and that means everyone. Look out for their best interest. Practice the Golden Rule. You owe it to others!

Application

It can be difficult to recognize the effect we have upon others, for better or worse. What would happen if every Christ-follower made it their mission to out-love those around them? What if we loved others more than ourselves, going out of our way to ensure their safety, health, and happiness? What if instead of seeing love as not harming others (e.g. adultery, murder, covet) we saw love as proactive action that we did to everyone we encountered, whether it be a smile, a kind greeting, or a small gift? What if our life goal was to bless others, knowing that it would glorify God in the process?

Prayer

LORD, I hate financial debt. We have worked hard as a family to avoid it at all costs. I am less passionate about my obligation to love others. Jesus, You loved everyone you encountered. You modeled for us what it means to be truly human. Help me to see others the way that you see them, and show me how I can bless them…and You. In Your Name, amen.

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