His Kind of Love: Debt of Love
Working with senior adults I often witness couples that have been married 50+, 60+, 70+ years caring for one another. Often one spouse is in better health than the other spouse. To watch these spouses enjoy the time they spend together always touches my heart.
Often the needs have changed and one spouse has become the main caregiver for the other spouse. This may include even feeding their loved ones.
These spouses care for their loved ones not only because they love their spouse, but also because they promised in their wedding vows to love for “better or worse, in sickness and in health.”
Does that mean they have a debt to pay that love?
The dictionary describes debt as “something that is owed or bound to be paid or an obligation to pay or render something.” In other words, when taking their wedding vows each person obliges to be there in “sickness and in health.”
1 John 4:7 says, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God.”
God wants us to show love to one another. Whether that person is our spouse, our child, our parent, our neighbor, our friend, or a stranger we are to show love to that person.
The greatest debt of love was paid when Jesus died on the cross. He died for my sins, he died for your sins, he died for your enemies sins, he died for the sins of the world.
Romans 5:8 tells us “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
By showing His love to others we are paying that debt of love forward for him.
How do you pay forward the debt of love?