June 01, 2018: SOAP #3102: Proverbs 19-21; Romans 13 Scripture:  Romans (NIV) 13:7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Observation and Application:      My debts should be my priority.   If for some reason I am unable to pay […]

June 01, 2018: SOAP #3102: Proverbs 19-21; Romans 13

Scripture:  Romans (NIV) 13:7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Observation and Application:      My debts should be my priority.   If for some reason I am unable to pay as agreed when the debt was incurred, it is my responsibility to inform the one owed.   I should not put it off until they come looking for me. When I go to them, I should tell them four things:   First I should apologize and acknowledge my responsibility for the debt.   Second, I should tell them what I am doing to work on the problem.   Third, I should let them know when I expect to be able to pay what I owe.   Fourth, I should promise to keep them updated on a regular basis.   And then I should keep my word.   They should never have to take the initiative to find me.

In this verse, Paul is dealing with debts that everyone owes.   We are all responsible for taxes, respect and honor.   We may not have considered respect and honor as debts, but when someone has done something for us for which we cannot pay, or the payment made does not suffice for the value of their service, then we owe them appreciation, respect, and honor.   When someone has a position of responsibility or gone beyond the call of duty, we owe them more than money.

Prayer:   Holy Spirit, May I honor my heavenly Father with the finances He has put under my control.    Give me wisdom in dealing with my finances, and in settling every debt I owe.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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