Not everything I feel is good or right. In a time where so much emphasis is placed in exposing how you feel, we often forget that our feelings are often misleading, inaccurate, or wrong. God wants to purify my heart.
Jesus came and died though I do not deserve His sacrifice. I am overwhelmed by His love that takes away my guilt. I have a new motivation of gratitude and love for Him. I have a confidence from His love. That means I can submit to others, including the government and those in authority. If the early Christians could submit to the Roman government, which often was against them, I can submit as well.
God has poured out His Spirit on us. We will never be the same, living lives of love that overcome the pain and hardships of life, lives that shine His love and make a difference with Him. God has given us His fire, and it makes us strong.
1Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. 2They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
3Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.
4But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.a 6He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” 8This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.