Tag: Romans 13:8-10

Authorities are God’s

Scripture reading for February 25th: Romans 13

Key Scriptures: Romans 13:1-5 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who caries out God’s wrath on the wrong-doer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.”

This excellent teaching on our relationship with governing authorities is one that has need of emphasis in our time and day. God is over all authority, secular or religious, from the home to the government to the church. Believers are to submit or be subject to authority because God is over them. Rules are to be obeyed, unless they violate God’s Word. Those who disobey will be subject to punishment by the authorities and those who obey will have no need to worry or fear. It is God we are obeying and serving and we are to honor and submit to Him and His established authorities.

Romans 13:8, 10 “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” . . . “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to understand and apply these truths on authority in my life as one under authority and one in authority. May Your law of love be fulfilled in and through me.

Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”

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Love fulfills the Law!

Scripture reading for June 29th:  Job 23-26, Romans 13

Key Scriptures: Romans 13:8-10  “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,: and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no wrong to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” 

Love is the fulfillment of every commandment of God’s Law.  All breaking of God’s Law is a violation of love for our neighbor and for God who gave the commandment.  Disciples are to live a life of love.

Job 23:12 “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my portion of food.”  

Prayer:  Lord, teach me to so love You and my neighbor that I totally fulfill Your awesome commandments.  Amen.

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“Love your neighbor as yourself!”

Scripture reading for June 30th:  Romans 13

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 13:8-10  “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.  The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no harm to its neighbor.  Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”  

Paul taught that the Law, the Ten Commandments, were all about love.  The first four commandments were all about loving God with all our heart, soul, minds and strength.  But here, the second tablet of the Law was partially quoted to show that those who loved would fulfill the requirements of these commandments.   If you love someone, you will not commit adultery with another man’s wife!  This is not love!  If you love someone, you will not purposely take their life, steal their goods, or even covet what they had!  So love fulfilled the law supernaturally by changing believer’s hearts to flow in Christ’s love and truth.

Observations for over-comers:  Christians don’t work to keep the law, but fulfill the law by living a life of sincere love that comes from the Holy Spirit residing in them and guiding them into all truth and its daily application.  “I hate and abhor falsehood but I love your law.  Seven times a day I praise You for Your righteous laws.  Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”  (Psalm 119:163-165)

 

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