I am a Debtor to All Men
by Heshimu Colar
God's saints echo the testimony of the Apostle Paul saying, (Rom 1:14) "I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise." What is my debt? Christ says, "… freely ye have received, freely give." If we had done anything for our salvation in any way, then our 'love' and 'compassion' could only extend as far as someone else's merit. (This is why many love a select group of friends, but refuse to deal graciously with others). Yet, brethren, our salvation is God's free promise to us from before the foundation of the world and the purchase of Christ's blood (Eph 1 / Gal 3:18). Spiritual pride is squashed. We are debtors both to the Jew and the Gentile, Black and White, male and female, gay and straight, self-righteous and outwardly sinful. We walk hoping that the sinner at our job or from our past is numbered among God's elect and has been promised eternal life. We don't only hope that the person we're especially concerned about is saved; but we are willing that the person next to them receives grace also. We deal honestly and kindly with sinners, seeking their good, in the confidence that it was Christ that died, and through Him we are risen again. "For the Scripture saith, Whosever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Rom 10:11-13)."
Brethren, forgive as you've been forgiven, and deal with people through the constant remembrance and thanksgivings of God's dealings with you through the love, sacrifice, righteousness, and intercessory life of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us…(Eph 4:31-5:2)"