Romans 13 talks about one of the most simple, yet profound commands in Scripture. The command is so simple, a child can understand it, and it is so profound it applies to every relationship we have. Paul sets the stage for this command by giving us this command:
Owe no one anything, except to love each other. (Romans 13:8)
“When you have paid all your other debts, taxes, and customs, and reverence, and whatever else you may owe, there will still be one debt unpaid—the universal debt of love. Love must still remain the root and spring of all your actions. No other law is needed besides.” – Ellicott
Christians should pay their debts. But we have an ongoing debt – “the universal debt of love.” This is to remain “the root and spring of all our actions.” We must love others – both Christians and non-Christians, as Jesus did, and keep paying this debt until Jesus comes back or takes us home.