The following is the thirty-first weekâ€™s lesson. St. Paul encourages Christians to honor and obey the governmental authorities. Join us next week as we consider how to love your fellow man and be clothed with Christ (Romans 13:8-14).
Romans 13:1Â Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2Â Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3Â For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4Â For he is Godâ€™s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is Godâ€™s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5Â Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscienceâ€™ sake. 6Â For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are Godâ€™s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7Â Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.