Who can resist Belgian chocolate, said to be the best in the world! We were just in Brussels where there were chocolate shops every few feet! We finally had to break down and buy some! The problem came with the bill. The saleslady, harried and tired, accidentally charged us 1,055.00 euros for a 15 euro purchase! We thought it amusing until she explained she could not reverse it. She suggested we leave our bank information and the store would reimburse us! We were flabbergasted! Even though she did not know how, she tried to annul the debt and ended up charging the same amount AGAIN! Finally, after some expensive minutes on our cell phone to our bank in California, it all got straightened out. And the chocolate ended up being free!
There is a much more important debt in our verse for today. It can never be completely paid and it is the debt of love. It is a continuing debt as no one can say they have paid it in full. Perfectly loving others completely fulfills the Law. This is because all of the Law is summed up in loving one’s neighbor as one’s self (verse 9). There is only One who has been able to fulfill the Law with a perfect love; Jesus.
Quite frankly, we did not feel a tremendous love for this saleslady, although the Lord worked in our hearts to eventually show compassion and patience. We all fall short. Thankfully, Jesus has made His love available to us in the person of His Spirit. His filling and control can change any situation with a difficult person.
Lord, fill my heart with Your love today.