Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8
This verse was not written by or for Dave Ramsey. The Bible does not prohibit acts of borrowing and lending (Matthew 5:4). If such was the case, we’d all be living under an overpass.
Think of this saying, “I owe you an apology.” You shouldn’t! The Bible teaches the concept of “keeping short accounts.” If you practice this, the sun doesn’t go down before you make things right. Sincerely saying “I’m sorry, I was wrong,” discharges one’s debt to another and expresses love tangibly.
This practice is not confined to the church. It involves “anyone.” We Americans tend to get in “each other’s faces” to express our disfavor or disapproval. Witness a typical Twitter thread. In God’s economy, we keep “the law” by the now surprising act of showing love to everyone.
Practically, this can be done with compliments, a Facebook “like,” sympathy expressed, a door held, an honest inquiry, a pat on the back, forfeiture of your place in line, a thumbs up, or simply a smile.
I’ve made it a practice of asking God to bless a person I see in passing who might be struggling or pained. Jesus walked the earth dispensing love. So should we.