God gave Moses the Ten Commandments during Israel’s exodus from Egypt. Scripture records these and many other rules. They help us understand how we relate to God, and how to treat people around us. In this passage, Paul simplifies all those interpersonal “Thou shalt nots” into one rule. A golden rule, perhaps, is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Because of our relationship with God and the salvation He provides, we can afford to be generous.
1. Do you think a guiding principle like the golden rule is useful or too vague to try to live by?
2. How do you feel about having a debt of love you can never fully repay?
Challenge: Write down a few things that you did for yourself today. Did you grab a coffee, clean up a mess, take a break, etc.? See if any of the items you wrote down would be appreciated by someone else, and give them a try.