We keep man’s law by obedience; we fulfill God’s law by love.


Long ago, I decided that driving within the speed limit gives me a wonderful sense of freedom. “I don’t ever need a radar detector. And I never have to slow down when I see a state patrol car or worry about paying a fine for speeding.” Even on long trips when the miles seem to grind slowly along, I set the cruise control at the posted speed limit and enjoy the journey.  Romans 13:1-10 addresses our responsibility to the authority of human government and to the law of God. Kapag sinusunod natin ang mga namumuno sa atin, hindi natin kailangan katakutan ang kaparusahan, and we gain a clear conscience by doing what is right (Romans 13:3-5).

Paul urged the followers of Christ in Rome to give the governing authorities what was owed to them, whether taxes, revenue, respect, or honor (Romans 13:7). But he went beyond human regulations when he wrote: “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law” (v.8). Katungkulan natin angsundin ang batas ng tao, at pribilehiyo ang matupad ang kautusan ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ng pag-ibig sa ating kapwa. At sabi nga sa (James 1:25 NIV) God’s law is “the perfect law that gives freedom”

God wants us to obey the laws, that govern our society; but loving one another is
God’s perfect law that sets us free.

Mike Medlin

April 11th, 2014

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