Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love owe each other. Romans 13:8
Paul (formerly known as Saul) was introduced in the Bible in Acts 7:60: “Saul was right there, congratulating the killers.” And, in the next Saul-sighting, he was blinded by God while on the road to Damascus).Three days later, he not only could he see again, he saw that he owed a “huge debt of love” to God for being set straight. Paul spent the rest of his life trying to make people understand how everyone should love each other “as well as you do yourself.”
A while back, I edited a book for Jane. Then I suggested that she hire my young friend to do the scanning and typesetting of the book. After Jane reviewed the project, she said, “It’s a mess,” and then made a few more uncomplimentary statements. I took offense to June’s comments.
Recently I saw June at the swimming pool, and with my large hat and sunglasses, I was able to avoid her. But the next time I saw her, we made eye contact and instead of talking with her, I took the easy way out and got out of the pool.
After reading today’s scripture, I know I have a debt to pay before the next time I see June at the pool–to forgive and forget–and to love her, because Paul says I should.
Dear Lord, help me figure out how to love those who aren’t so easy to love. Amen.