Thursday, March 30th 2017
key verse: 13
LET US WALK AS IN THE DAYTIME
Paul talks about submission to authorities, fraternal love and the behavior of believers in the end times.
1. Be subject to the authorities (1-7)
A christian must be subject to authorities, in righteous behavior. Doing good is to be rewarded, not punished. On the other hand, it's a question of conscience if it's really conformed to God's will. It's useless to resist, lest we be punished like anarchists. All governments are established by God to maintain order in the world. They use their power to punish wrongdoers and reward those who do good. Submitting ourselves means paying what is due. Whether it be taxes or revenue, we must see it this way. Jesus said to give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. We must fear and honor those who are worthy. This is proper civics.
2. Mutual love (8-10)
We must owe no one anything, except to love each other. Therefore, we must examine our actions and motives to know if they are motivated by love. If this is the case, we fulfill the law.
3. Walk properly (11-14)
Through these famous words, Saint Augustine met God personnally. He lived in debauchery, but was converted by verses 13 and 14. While living in the end times, we must live in a way worthy of receiving the imminent coming of the Lord. The time is coming, along with judgement, so we must cast off the works of darkness and live in the light.
Prayer: Lord, may the spirit of love and submission be with me.
Bottom line: walk as in daytime