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Daily Devotion: Living as Citizens of Heaven

Scripture: Romans Chapters 13 and 14

Reflection:

In Romans 13, Apostle Paul addresses the Christian’s responsibility towards government and society. He instructs us to submit to governing authorities because they are instituted by God to maintain order (Romans 13:1). This includes fulfilling civic duties like paying taxes and respecting laws, but it also goes deeper into the Christian ethic of love: “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8). Paul emphasizes that love is the fulfillment of the law, guiding us in our interactions and serving as the foundation of our ethical behavior.

Moving into Romans 14, Paul shifts focus to the dynamics within the Christian community, particularly regarding disputable matters such as dietary laws and holy days. He advocates for a spirit of acceptance and non-judgment among believers: “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters” (Romans 14:1). This chapter teaches us the importance of respecting each other’s convictions and encourages us to act in love, aiming for peace and mutual edification rather than causing another believer to stumble.

Prayer:

Lord God,

We thank You for Your wise instructions on how to live both as citizens of our countries and as members of Your kingdom. Help us to be respectful and obedient to our authorities, but let our ultimate allegiance remain with You. Instill in us a spirit of love that transcends all laws and guides all our actions.

Give us the wisdom to navigate differences within our faith community with grace and understanding. Teach us to prioritize peace and the building up of one another over our own opinions or freedoms. May our actions reflect Your love and bring glory to Your name.

In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.


Today, reflect on how you can demonstrate love and respect in your interactions both within and outside the Christian community. Remember that your primary citizenship is in heaven, and let this knowledge guide your decisions and actions in the world.

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