February 13, 2022
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Day 043: Journey Through the Bible in a Year
Focus Verses for Today: Romans 13:9-10
Take a moment to pray for understanding of Romans 13-14. Now read Romans chapters 13 and 14. Let’s journey!
Commentary: In the eyes of the Roman government, Jews and Christians were seen as nearly identical and the government disliked both, often treating them unfairly. The early church was inclined to show the Roman government the same respect showed to them. Paul, however, reminds the church of Jesus’ example and the exemplary life that we are to strive to live, which includes honoring the laws of the government. We must remember though, that just because something is legal in eyes of the law, does not make it permissible if it goes against God’s laws. This brings Paul to the next issue: the division between Jewish and Gentile Christians over following the Laws of Moses. Each sect comes from two very different lifestyles. Paul reminds them that they are to support and encourage each other. Each person has their own weaknesses and temptations, and we cannot judge others. Instead, we are to treat one another with love.
Focus Verses: Romans 13:9-10 – Why is living a life of love so important? How can you show that love? What are you going to do to show love today?
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