CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

December 18, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter O


26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  O

Monte Holland

 

 Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter N to read the previous post on the letter N.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

 

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER O

 

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor fulfills the law. (Romans 13:8)

 

9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:9-10 (NKJV))

     We are a debtor nation. Our federal government seems to always need to print more money. China owns a lot of our nation’s wealth.

     Our personal credit cards are often maxed out.

     We have a hard row to hoe. With the current financial crisis, many have tightened their belts and credit card debt may have shrunk some.

     Things may put a noose of debt around our neck, but they don’t have eternal value. If, on the personal level, we reach the point of owing no one any money, does it mean that we are we debt free?

     The answer is a resounding “NO!” We will always be indebted to 

God. After all, anything we have is from God, even on loan from God. The older I get, the more I realize how transient life is and how little we really possess. Even things with long histories pass out of existence. Just the other day as I drove through Butler (PA), I noticed that “Bill Stirling’s Used Cars,” a business that I recall being there from back in the 1960’s, has a new name.

     Although we should abhor debt we must cheerfully embrace one particular debt: our debt to God—with the realization that it can never be paid in full. Then we get to the real heart of relationship with God and others. Romans 13:8 tells us that loving others fulfills the “law.” What “law?” Parts of the Ten Commandments are included in the succeeding verses, which provide the answer. Authentic love of others only happens when that relationship is faithful to the Ten Commandments.

     I never met Bill Stirling. The O verse reminds us that even though Bill’s car lot is gone, what really counts is the relationships he developed over the years. My guess is that Bill made good relationships, or he wouldn’t have had a thriving business for so long, especially a used car business. For each of us, loving relationships are the only thing that has eternal value. God gave us guidelines for forging good relationships in the Bible.

     Who will say He loved God and he loved me at my funeral service? I hope that there are a few people in attendance who will express that thought. Otherwise, I will have failed to make payments on my debt to my gracious God.

 

To read 26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET: THE LETTER P, click on: https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/26-devotions-based-on-the-alphabet-the-letter-p/ 

 

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ADDITIONAL READING:

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction

JOCHEBED & LUCY: STORIES OF ADOPTION AND MOTHER’S LOVE

From the Bastille to Cinderella

RIGHTING A CIVIL WAR WRONG: A Gravestone for a Civil War Veteran

DARE TO BE A CLOWN: Clown History 

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