Daily Devotion Text

November 22, 2022

Romans 13:1-7

By gracepoint In Devotion Text, Romans with Comments Off on Romans 13:1-7


Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

Romans 13 Commentary

Bible Text: Romans 13:1-7 (ESV)

1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Reflection Questions

Romans 13:1-5

  • What is the state of my relationship with those who have authority in my life?
  • What can I do to be free of fear of those in authority?

Romans 13:7

  • Who are the people with whom I interact?  What do I owe each of them?
  • Who are the people with whom I may not interact, but towards whom I owe a duty of some sort?


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