Romans 13 Instructions for Living in the World, but not of it.

We have now given consideration as to how we should live with our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, as chilren of the Father.
Now, Paul gives instructions on how we should live in the world, even when we are not rooted in it anymore.
Paul begins with instructions on how to relate to worldly governments.
Many Christians are in anxiety over President Biden’s win. It might be a good idea to read these verses and relieve some of that anxiety. God allowed his win. He must have a purpose in it. God is still untimately in control.
Government and enforcement authorities are set up to keep peace and judge wicked behavior. So just follow the laws, pay your taxes, and respect law enforcement authorities.
We may be tempted to make excuses that this does not apply today in our wicked times. But remember, Paul is writing to Romans who lived under pagan Roman rule and the very ones who crucified Jesus and were persecuting Christians. Something to think about.
What grounds can you stand on then?
Isaiah 54: 17, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgement, you shall show to be in the wrong. This peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced; this is the righteousness or vindication which they obtain from Me, thie is that which I impart to them as their vindication, says the Lord.”
I would rather be right with God even should I oppose every man.
Moving on to Romans 13:8, “Keep out of debt and owe no man anything except to love one another.”
When I first heard this verse, it changed my perspective and goals concerning finances and promises. I could choose what I would obligate myself to. I determined to work towards getting out of debt and not accumulating any new debt. I also determined to only promise what I intended to quickly fulfill. This is no easy task and takes time. But it is very rewarding! Debt can be a heavy burden and actually enslave us. Being out of debt also sets me free to serve no one but Jesus and when I do serve others, it is out of love, not obligation.
This is so contrary to how our current society works! People want high credit scores so they can borrow more. Even Christmas gifts can become obligatory instead of motivated by love and sharing. Realtors and financial advisors can get people so budget bound that they have no freedom with their finances and are enslaved at their jobs to pay all their debts. But, who says the expers of teh world are wise? Everyone needs to make their own decision as to what the application of this verse means in their life. I am just sharing the blessing it has brought to me. God teaches us these lessons for our own good, happiness, and blessings. Something you might want to pray about.
Romans 13: 8-14. This chapter continues to instruct Christians on how to relate to the world. It begins with the main idea of practicing the love of your neighbor. Then, it reminds us of the Commandments concerning our neighbors about…do not commit adultery, murder, stealing, or wanting to get their “stuff”… does not hurt people. Do to others what you would have them do to you. We need to fling away deeds of darkness and put on our full armor of light. So, that includes putting away carousing, drunkeness, immorality, sensuality, licentiousness, jealousy, and quarreling. stop focusin on the indulgent cravings of your physical flesh. Wake up and face reality! Our final deliverance is closer now than wen we first believed and trusted Jesus. So use the rest of your life to clothe yourself in the Lord Jesus and follow Him and His ways!

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