Obey The Laws Of The Land From A Right Heart

January 21

“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.”
Romans 13:1

In other words, obey the laws of the land. But keep in mind always that you are obeying as unto the Lord. Are we to obey when there is a harsh dictator? Yes, to the extent that you can without sin. When there are laws that are obviously sinful, your first allegiance is to God. But don’t spend your time being picky over issues because then your focus is on the issues and debating the issues and you’ll lose sight of your purpose which is to live a life of honor as unto the Lord. In general, respect the laws of the land you live in, but do it from a right heart.

“Therefore you must be subject,
not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.
For because of this you also pay taxes,
for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.”
Romans 13:5-7

When you pay your taxes, remember that you are doing so as unto the Lord. Do not cheat on your taxes. When you’re in your car, obey the speed limits. The laws of the land are in place to keep law and order. Submit to them.

Never, ever, be of the mindset of trying to get away with whatever you can get away with from a rebellious heart. Let the peace of God reign in your heart by doing right without begrudging. Honor the Lord in all that you do and do it from the heart, even when no one is going to know. Integrity is the attitude of the heart unto righteousness even when – especially when — no one is going to know but the Lord himself.