Live As A Godly Neighbor       Jan. 22, 2006        Romans 13:1-10, 12b-14

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Suppose you really want to be a good neighbor, and graciously live a Christian life before those who live

near you, and they reject your lifestyle? If you believe your lifestyle is prompted by the Holy Spirit, and true to Biblical Teachings just keep on allowing the Lord to demonstrate His life through you, and Live As A Godly Neighbor.

1.   Live As A Godly Neighbor Appreciating The . . Place of Government. v 1-2

A.   Appreciating The place of Government . . . Established by God. v 1

1.    Establishment stated from the Positive. v 1 a

1 Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God.

2.    Establishment stated from the Negative. v 1 b

“. . . for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. 

B.   Appreciating The place of Government . . . Endorsed by God. v 2

1.    Endorsement of the . . Control of Government. v 2 a

2 So then, the one who resists the authority. . .”


2.    Endorsement of the . . Condemnation of Government. v 2 b

“. . . is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.

       The place of government is established and endorsed by the Lord, therefore we can receive help from it to live as godly neighbors. The expression of establishment comes in both a positive and negative manner as verse one says, “there is no authority except from God, . . . ” The statement related to endorsement focuses on the control and condemnation of government. Godly neighbors do not resist the authority of government or oppose its commands.

2.   Live As A Godly Neighbor Appreciating The . . . Praise of Government. v 3-5

A.   Praise for . . . Worthy Conduct. v 3-4 b

1.    Worthy Conduct May Remove the . . Fear of Government. v 3

3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do good and you will have its approval.

2.    Worthy Conduct Recognizes the . . Fairness of Government. v 4 a

4 For government is God=s servant to you for good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason.. . .”

B.   Praise for . . . Wrathful Conduct. v 4b-5

1.    Wrathful conduct may bring a . . . Sword. v 4 b

“For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong.”

2.    Wrathful conduct should bring . . . Submission. v 5

5 Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience.

       Godly neighbors do not need to fear their government but will usually experience the praise of it. We do not have to cringe every time we see policemen, but we can appreciate their presence and the worthy work they are doing. On the other hand we may call on the government to bring their wrath and discipline when someone is lawless. Government is a servant to us but we can also serve by being good citizens.

3.    Live As A Godly Neighbor Appreciating The . . . Planning of Government. v 6-7

A.   Planning for Government to receive . . . Taxes

1.    Taxes for the . . Servants.  v 6 a

6 And for this reason you pay taxes, since the [authorities] are God=s public servants,. . .”

2.    Taxes for the . . Services.  v 6 b

“. . . continually attending to these tasks.”

B.   Planning for Government to receive . . . Tribute.


1.    The tribute of . . Tax. v 7 a 

7 Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes,. . .”

2.    The tribute of . . Tolls. v 7 b

“tolls to those you owe tolls,. . .”

3.    The tribute of . . Thoughtfulness. v 7 c 

“respect to those you owe respect, . . .”

4.    The tribute of . . Thankfulness. v 7 d

”and honor to those you owe honor.”

       Have you seen the difference in a planned city and one that just grew? It really makes you appreciate a

well-planned city. We all fuss about taxes at times but they are part of the planning the government must make. We have services and servants through the monies provided by our taxes. Good citizens also pay tribute to those who serve well.

4.   Live As A Godly Neighbor Appreciating The . . Provisions of Love. 13:8-10

A.   Provision of Love in . . Fulfilling the Law. 13:8 & 10

1.    The . . DEBT in Fulfilling the Law. v 8 a

8 Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another,”

2.    The . . DUTY in Fulfilling the Law.v 8 b and 10

“. . . for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.

B.   Provision of Love in . . Forfeiting or Fostering the Law. 13:9

1.    Negatively, Sin . . Forfeits Love and the Law. . . . . v 9 a

9 The commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, . . .”

2.    Positively, Righteousness . . Fosters Love and the Law. . . v 9 b

“. . . and if there is any other commandmentCall are summed up by this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

       Have you ever thought you owed someone love? This text says we owe love to one another

Love is a debt and a duty, and the more we work at loving others the more we can share and receive love.

If we truly love according to the commands of Christ we will be loving people.

5.   Live As A Godly Neighbor Appreciating The . . Pattern of Christ. 13:12b-14

A.   Pattern of Christ In The . . Armor of Light. 13:12 b - 14

1.   Armor Compared . . Positively. 13:12 b & 14

       “. . . so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.

2.   Armor Compared . . Negatively. 13:13

13 Let us walk with decency, as in the daylight: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy.


       In these verses we are positively encourage to discard the deeds of darkness, and put on the armor of light.

We do this through a close walk with Jesus, and planning not to walk like those without the positive help of

Christ. In a negative light a list of sins are given with the encouragement not to include these in our

lifestyle. When we do this we will usually be seen as those who Live As A Godly Neighbor. Amen?