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As a life-long friend to Carl, I feel it’s my responsibility to first remind him of his duty of being a good steward. Stewardship simply means to manage someone else’s property: God’s property. Nothing on this earth is really ours to begin with – rather, we are here to manage everything to the best of our ability for God’s glory. As simple as it may be to say, we all know how difficult it is to live out in our daily lives. We are sinful humans, and the lives that we live occasionally bring troubling times. For Carl’s specific debt situation, I’d be sure to encourage him in the fact that the bible does speak frequently of debt and how to handle such debts, but it certainly does not forbid bankruptcy. To be honest, quite often bankruptcy is the only effective means to deliver a debtor from the slavery of overwhelming debt and to break the vicious cycle of borrowing. It was put into place for debtors to have a way out of the debt they’ve gotten themselves into. It does not mean that you’re free to borrow haphazardly – for scripture DOES forbid that. Psalm 37:21 says, “The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives.” Therefore, we as Christians are encouraged to “let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8). Bankruptcy is all about forgiveness. Christians who have fallen into debt are obligated to repay that debt - for we comprehend the vastness of forgiveness. We should easily realize that borrowing and paying debts is a huge responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly, but we should praise the Lord that He forgives and gives us the opportunity for forgiveness of our sins, including Carl’s debt – for “the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled…...

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