The Lord Jesus said to His followers, “You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16). So we are not in darkness. We are not night people. We are not people of the night. We don’t live in mental darkness; we know the truth. We don’t live in moral darkness; we live the truth. As day people we live in a completely different sphere of life than those who live in darkness and don’t know the truth. Therefore we are able to “Love for the day is Dawning.”
John MacArthur said, “God’s own love is the inexhaustible well from which, as it were, we can draw the supernatural love He commands to live by.”
As a Christian, the love of God has been poured out within your heart (see Romans 5:5). The moment you received Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, the Holy Spirit came to live in you and He poured out the love of God into you. You see, you don’t have to pray for God to give you more love for someone. What you should pray for is for God’s help in letting it out. The love of God is in you, you just need to let it out. This is how you pay the debt of love.
A mother’s love is one of the most strongest and most mysterious forces in the world and that is why it is one of the clearest pictures of God’s love for us. And it’s one of the clearest pictures of how we are to love one another in the church of Jesus Christ. We are to love one another as Christ has loved us and gave up his life for us.
We love our moms for the good we have seen in them and received from their hands. We love them for the many way they have nurtured and cared for us. We love them for the ways they have been faithful to us, protected us, and sacrificed for us.
And we thank them that even if might be unaware of it, mothers have provided us with a real tangible picture of God’s love for us.
God’s Purpose for Government: Romans 13:3-7
In these days of a global pandemic, where we all live under governmental restrictions related to physical distancing, sanitation protocol, and the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines, it is essential that we know what God’s Word has to say about the government’s God-given authority and His purpose for government. And we also need to understand how we should respond to its authority as Christians.
From Romans chapter 13, we learn that there are only two legitimate biblical reasons for Christians to disobey the governing authorities: 1) They command you to do something that is in disobedience to God’s Word, 2) They try to prevent you from obeying God’s Word.
So how do we apply these principles in a Covid-19 world devastated by a pandemic and where we are required to follow strict governmental guidelines? What is the Christian’s responsibility to the government?