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Romans 13:4-6 – 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. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience. Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. (NLT)
In our endeavour to keep a clear conscience, we must work on having a clear conscience not only before God, but before man as well. God expects us to be ambassadors of heaven, and to do this, we must be exemplary citizens on the earth in whatever nation that we find ourselves. Christians should lead the race in being law-abiding citizens.
It matters to God not just how we behave in church, but how we behave out there in the world. It is also very important that we are not guilty of misrepresenting Christ in any way. Even if the world persecutes us, let it be for our good works and not because we have broken the laws of the land.
Of course, there is a general exemption when the law of the land violates our faith. In such instances, we are encouraged to place God above man, and be prepared to suffer the consequences. But generally speaking, we must endeavour to ensure that as much as we strive to keep a good conscience before God, we also strive to keep a good conscience before men.
The apostle Peter wrote:
1 Peter 3:16-17 – But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! (NLT)
Prayer: Teach us, Father, to be exemplary citizens of the kingdom of heaven. Help us not to bring Your name and Your kingdom into disrepute. Amen.
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Thanks for the good reminder, Chubie.
Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.
Thank you, Pastor Chubie, for your balanced reflection in these very unbalanced days.
Thanks, Pastor Ujah, for sharing your understanding and inspiration with us today. Blessings.
These are good thoughts for living in our world today, Pastor Chubie. Persecution for what we’ve brought on ourselves is not suffering for the sake of the Gospel!
Thank you for another very mindful devotional for us Pastor Chubie. Yes, it is truly important that our behaviour represents the ways of Christ at all times. Blessings for writing.
Thank you for your use of God’s words of wisdom. They are filled with power to live a life pleasing to Him. Great reminder. Blessings to your writing.
Thank you Pastor
My husband passed away recently and now I have been getting verbal to my face and behind my back. I’m also getting advice about the legal things that need to be done — offering ‘easier’ way of doing — and getting grief because I am doing things legally. I pray my God will see me through this storm also because I know there will be storms.
Thank you for your encouraging devotional. Blessings.