Romans 13:1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.
There is a revelation in this. Paul was saying that every authority on earth has been established by God. Now some of us might not be happy with the authorities that are over us. “But you don’t know my mom” or “the government doesn’t take care of us” are complaints that can seem to warrant rebellion towards authority.
But let’s realize the kind of government Paul is actually talking about here. Most of us would rather have our government than the Romans: they were war-faring, cruel persecutors of Christians! And yet Paul is saying: respect their authority. Respect the position they have. If you do that, God will bless you.
We see this all through the Bible. Jesus respected the Romans. David respected King Saul and said “do not touch the Lord’s anointed”, even though he had plenty of opportunity to harm him.
Today, let’s choose to respect. If we honor, we will be honored in return.
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