Romans 13–14: Government & Neighbors

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 7: Sunday

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. ’”
Romans 13:10

In today’s Bible reading of Romans 13–14, Paul is writing about relationships. For most of Romans 13, he teaches on the Christian’s relationship to government and the role of government. Another important passage on the Christian and government is Acts 4:18–20 (read the chapter for context). Paul then transitions into how we treat others and focuses his instructions in chapter 14, on accepting and helping those who are weak in the faith, rather than judging them or holding them in contempt.

These chapters resound with the command to love your neighbor as yourself. It’s no surprise that Paul quotes it in 13:9, as he gives specific application of this command Jesus called second after the great and foremost command to love God.

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Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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