Romans 13

Money, prestige, status, and power do not reveal that we live honorably. Let’s not be deceived by those who show off. Only those who put off the works of darkness and put on the Lord Jesus Christ live honorably.

We discriminate each other in different ways by education, social status, financial status etc, Whatever/where ever we are today is gifted to us by God. We do not need to think of high or low of ourselves or others. All are created with sole purpose to glorify God,

Paul is iterating the same principle that Jesus emphasized, “love one another.”This should become our life principle.

v. 8 ஒருவரிடத்திலொருவர் அன்புகூருகிற கடனேயல்லாமல், மற்றொன்றிலும் ஒருவனுக்கும் கடன்படாதிருங்கள்; பிறனிடத்தில் அன்புகூருகிறவன் நியாயப்பிரமாணத்தை நிறைவேற்றுகிறான்.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God.”Therefore we should follow the laws of the government.

It emphasized on christian living and above all “Love One Another”. John 13, Romans 13, I Corinthians 13 , all verses emphasized on Love as core character in a Christian life.

Love is a “continuing debt” (v 8). It’s not going beyond the call of duty or going out of the way but just a repayment of our debt

v. 8 Until our Love towards others is not the same as Gods love towards us when we don’t deserve, the debt is way pending. This doesn’t mean that we need to think about repaying! repaying!! repaying!!!, instead we need to check if we really love God. (John 14:23: All who love me will do what I say)

We should not rebel against authority at home, in school and in Sunday school

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean 22:29Vs 3,4 – Do what is right and be free from fear, but if we do wrong then we need to be afraid.

We should love our neighbors as ourselves. This means we shout think about others everyday, for example we should pray for those who don’t have anything. Loving your enemies is also very important, God loves all of us no matter what too.

We should love each other. We should not do bad things to others. Love does not do anything bad to others.

v.8 …for He who loves another has fulfilled the law. – though we are released from law through Jesus, we fulfill the purpose through love or by love
– law or no law, the goal or Gods expectation remains the same.

Jesus died for us and showed that He loved us for who we are, so now it’s our turn to share this same love to our neighbors. Paul says that this love we extend to one another fulfills and summarizes the rest of the law. All of these commandments hinge on how we treat others. If we love then we will not murder, steal and covet our neighbor’s things. Love fulfills the intent of the law because all things can be summarized and fulfilled by love. Paul said in I Corinthians 13: 3, if I have not love, I am nothing.
Love will never do harm to one another, therefore it meets all the requirements of the law.

We could drive past three officers in the course of an afternoon and not give it a second thought, if we drive within the speed limit. But if we are speeding past them, then we will glance over our shoulder to see if we’ve been caught. There is a fear associated with willfully disobeying the law. As Paul mentions let’s learn to obey and submit to the laws and authorities. If we do what is right then our conscience will be clear and also void of any fear

v. 9 Love your neighbor as yourself. (v(10) Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.
-Law was given through Moses (John 1:17). For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16). The Son fulfilled the law.
-Now it is our turn to fulfill the new covenant that was given by Jesus, which is “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:31).

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