Today’s Reading: Romans 13
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Key Verse: Romans 13:8
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Not only does Paul not advocate the overthrow of the government, he actually tells us to be good subjects. Caesar, the Emperor, was the focus of the official “religion.” Social concerns, such as human rights, were unheard of. Paul was following the Lord Jesus, who said when asked about paying taxes, “Render, therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s…” (Matthew 22:21a). The state and man’s religion have gone hand-in-hand throughout most of human history. Imposing buildings, such as the one pictured above, have been created to impress the people with the authority of the state and the state religion. Those early believers in Jesus were meeting in their homes, not in magnificent temples. Paul taught that their power was in “love,” not in revolution or in political activism. Loving is not optional for the follower of Christ. It is a debt that we must pay. No wonder thousands of Jews, Greeks, and Romans believed in Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Amen!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, please remind me daily of my debt of love. It’s payback time. You have loved me and I need to love You and others in return. Please show me the practical ways to express love today. I pray this, dear Jesus, expecting Your Holy Spirit to motivate me. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I have a grandson-in-law who is a police officer. I pray for his safety each morning. He is responsible for three of my great-grandchildren. The other day, he and his partner made a major drug bust. We could agree that he was acting, as Paul wrote, “as God’s minister to you for good” (Romans 13:4a).
I received an e-mail recently which is a positive example of one way to influence government decisions. It was from Pastor Wally Magdangal, who was reflecting on our past involvement with him. It was in 1992, just days before Christmas, that I received a fax from Amnesty International that Pastor Magdangal was about to be executed by the Saudi authorities for the crime of baptizing Muslims into the Christian faith. While we were live on air with 100 Huntley Street across the continent, I was able to reach, by telephone, the Saudi Ambassador at his embassy in Ottawa. I read the fax on national television and, of course, he denied that his country would do any such thing. Thank God, the pastor was released on Christmas Eve and was on a flight back to his home in the Philippines Christmas Day. Here’s a quote from Wally’s e-mail. “You appealed for my life and freedom back in December of 1992. I am alive today and serving THE LORD JESUS CHRIST because of Christians like you who prayed for me and advocated for my release from the death sentence in Saudi Arabia.” All who gave financially to pay for the TV airtime, and even the long-distance phone call, have a part in Wally’s release. Most days my “do what is good” is a little, unnoticed thing; but God takes notice, and that’s what counts.
Yours for loving one another,
P.S. Something special happened to me on this day in 2012. Following a time of fasting and prayer, which ended with the Sunday evening service, I went to sleep as usual. At exactly 4:00 a.m. Monday I was awakened abruptly. I know that the Lord downloaded His call to do this blog. It happened again the same way two months later. On the digital clock it again read “4:00 a.m.” … the Lord reconfirmed to me the start date of the blog, Sunday, June 3rd, 2012, the day after our 50th anniversary on television (you can click here to find out more details from the video I put on the “About 100 Words” section of my blog).
I am thankful that David obeyed God’s call to do this blog. I am one of the people who has benefited from it. May God grant me the grace and courage to be obedient to Him, always!
Praying for the needs mentioned here, including Marilyn’s recovery from surgery, Eleanor and Edward, Beverlee and others. May His peace surround us!
Amen,Luisa.May they feel ‘the peace that surpasses all human understanding’ .Praise God !
Thank you for your prayers Luisa.
The years have passed so quickly. I think we are into the 6th time going through the Bible! I don’t believe I missed a day – I look forward to the blog each day. Praying for the children of this generation. Covid has made a big change in Sunday School (I visit several churches from time to time & have noticed few children gathering). As a child, I remember reciting The Lord’s Prayer. In public schools now, I don’t believe that is allowed. Praying for Christian summer camps. I see info for the one I attended as an 11 year old being advertised on line now. Camp Mini-Yo-We made such a strong awareness of Jesus in my life. My children also went to that camp (near Port Sydney, Ontario). Thank you Mainse family for keeping the blog going. Blessings all today.
Just to let you know that I still in the hospital and thank you so much for your prayers 🙏✝️
Good afternoon everybody
Coming to you from my bedside Grand River hospital known as KW hospital a long time ago I’m still here and thank you so much for your prayers
God bless you all everyone 🙂🙏✝️
May God bless you, Marilyn, and strengthen you in this time in hospital. And give you wise doctors and caring nurses. And fill you with joy in His amazing presence. in Jesus’s great, great, great name, amen
Thank you Rob
Amen Rob. Bless you Marilyn. Rest up and may the Lord help you and give the doctors wisdom.
Thank you Doreen
God bless you
Yes Marilyn I am agreeing with Rob’s prayer for you.
I know what you are going through as u have had the same surgery. I does take done time to health but if you do your exercises etc. it will get better in the days ahead. Seeing you hugs, Eleanor M
Thank you Eleanor
Thank you for sharing that with me
Yes it is a very common surgery
It’s nice to know that there is a fellow believer who knows exactly what I’m going through
God bless you ♥️
Thank you for the updates, Marilyn. We appreciate hearing from you and will continue to pray for strength for the journey and healing. Good bless you. 🙏
You’re very welcome ♥️
Luisa, Amen to your prayer for
Marilyn, in Jesus’ Name.