Series: Recalibrate | Week 10: Honoring Government When Government Isn’t Always Honorable
Day Four Romans 13:1-7Pray: Invite God into your time and ask Him to speak to you, then read the passage.13 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience. 6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority. Romans 12:1-7 (NLT)Discover: Use the Discover section of your Recalibrate journal to write down your answers to the following observation and interpretation questions.1. List all the reasons Paul gives for submitting to governing authorities.2. Why do we pay taxes?3. Is there ever a time when we should not submit to our governing authorities?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 ReadingWhen Callings Clash
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