Sunday, 14 September 2008
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8 KJV
The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Prov 22:7 KJV
Thus saith the LORD, … or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves…Isaiah 50:1 KJV
Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them doth curse me. Jer 15:10 KJV
I have a feeling everyone reading this owes money to someone. I know I do. But being in debt is not scriptural. God does not want us to be in debt. Why does God not want that for us? I think for a couple of reasons. One, if we owe money we have sworn part of ourselves to another person (or company). In a way we become servants of that person or company. We work to send some of our money to them. It diminishes some of our freedoms.
Second, if we are debt free we are more able to help out others. Think for a minute if you owed no money to anyone. You would have a lot more resources to give to missions or the poor. You would have a lot more resources to help spread the gospel and show God’s love.
Now, I know that in the Biblical times the laws were much stricter when a person did not pay his debts. It usually meant jail. Today in America we can declare bankruptcy way too easy and be free of the debt but that is not scriptural either. We are commanded to pay back what we borrow.
So is it possible to be debt free? Yes. There are a lot of people in this country who are now living debt free. If they want something they save their money to buy it. Yes, even a home. I am working towards that goal. I have a plan worked out to pay everything off, even the mortgage. It is tough to stay on that plan but I keep trying. I can see great possibilities when I reach that goal. I can get out of this job I hate and I can do more to help people.
I like this website personally. They have a great plan or “roadmap” to help get people out of debt. I listen to their radio program when I can.
So, what do you think? Are you debt free? Have you thought about being debt free?