Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: James 1:19

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Right living in society

Obey the government
Titus 3:1-8

1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men.

As Christians, our first allegiance is to Jesus as Lord, but we also must obey our government and its leaders.  Christians are not above the law, but keeping the civil law is only the beginning of our Christian responsibility. 

3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that though affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.  These things are good and profitable unto men.

Paul summarized what Christ does for us when he saves us.  We move from a life full of sin to one led by God's Holy Spirit.  All our sins, not merely some, are washed away. 

We gain eternal life with all its treasures.  We have the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and he continually renews our hearts.  None of this occurs because we earned or deserved it; it is all a gift of God's grace. 

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