Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor. Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:7-8)

I’m not looking forward to calculating income taxes this year. I anticipate I will owe the government money. The only question is, what do I owe? Of course, I will pay whatever taxes are due. That’s what Paul taught in Romans. We are to pay our obligations. It’s better not to owe money to anyone.

However, each of us has an obligation that surpasses all others—to love one another. It’s a debt we always owe and must pay as Christians—to love others as Christ loved us. That’s the bottom line for Christians.

Dr. Sam