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        “      debtor to mercy alone ...”  Oh,   Paul’s exhortation in Romans 13, is not
               that the words of this hymn were
                                             a prohibition from borrowing; it is a
               true for all – just to be a debtor to
        mercy! Humanity as a whole owes a great   prohibition from neglecting to pay what
                                             is owed another. It should be a priority for
        debt of worship and glory to the great and   the Christian to pay what we owe for the
        gracious God from whom all blessings   name’s sake of the One we owe the most.
        flow. With the entrance of sin into the   While repaying a debt is just, avoiding
        world restricting man and creation’s ability   debt in the first place is even better. God
        to give God His due, a tremendous deficit   never wanted any in Israel in perpetual
        has accrued since paradise and the initial   debt, which is partly why He established
        praise of our first parents, Adam and Eve.   the seven-year release. At the end of
        In this way, sin robs God of His glory, yet   Luke 14, the Lord Jesus illustrates truth
        we can all wonder at the fulness of the   regarding discipleship by suggesting it
        words of Psalm 69:4: “Then I restored that   is common wisdom to count cost before
        which I took not away.”  Christ at Calvary   committing to a venture. The wise man in
        paid not only our sin debt but that which   Proverbs 22:7 observed that “the borrower
        creation lost in Eden. God finds in Christ   is servant to the lender,” not free to pursue
        and His offering all and more than sin has   his own interests. The Lord said in Luke
        robbed. The full redemption is yet to be   16 that a man cannot serve God and
        realized, but the restoring price for all back   mammon. Some devote themselves to the
        payments has been paid!              pursuit of riches, while others are quite
          While a Christian’s spiritual account   captive, committed to years of labor in
        is settled forever, an individual’s fiscal   the death grip of debt. In either case, time,
        account may be very unsettling. Millions   strength and opportunities to serve God
        worldwide live in personal debt in   are lost to serving money.
        countries that also carry public debt.   Debt, like a web, entangles quickly and is
        Public and municipal debt seemingly   often spun by our own choices. Did I really
        causes few sleepless nights, but personal   need that particular model SUV and this
        debt can be a burdensome weight pressing   three-story house in this part of the city? Is
        on the minds of many. Whether we have   this degree from “Lofty University” worth
        ever owed another a letter, a lunch or a   more than my friend’s from “Common
        large tax, there should be a burden to   College”? Sometimes it’s not the direct
        repay any debt. “Owe no man anything,”   fault of an individual at all, as when
        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   expenses rise and income remains static
        the KJV unless otherwise noted.      or drops altogether. Mortgages, school

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