Series: Recalibrate | Week 10: Honoring Government When Government Isn’t Always Honorable
Day Five Romans 13:8-14Pray: Invite God into your time and ask Him to speak to you, then read the passage.8 Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. 9 For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law. 11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. 13 Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires. Romans 13:8-14 (NLT)Discover: Use the Discover section of your Recalibrate journal to write down your answers to the following observation and interpretation questions.1. How does love fulfill the requirements of the law (verses 8-11)?2. How should the perspective of verses 11-14 change the way we may feel about the instructions in Romans 12-13?3. Why do you think the Bible never tells us to “remove” something without also telling us what to “put on” immediately after (verses 12-14)?Respond: Use the Respond section of your journal to answer the following application prompts.1. What does this passage teach me about God?2. How does this aspect of His character change my view of self and others?3. What should I do in response and when?For Further ReadingGod, Help Me Change! Further exploration of the put off/put on dynamic from a Biblical counseling perspective.
*If you don't have a Recalibrate journal, you can use any journal available to you to write down your responses.**TPCC does not necessarily endorse all For Further Reading/Learning sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.