Re:Verse reading–Romans 13 (day four)
Paul talks about the fear of authorities and the wrath that will result if we fail to subject ourselves to the rulers over us. An even greater motivator than fear of our authorities should be our consciences. (Verse 5) When we transgress a law, we are not only breaking that civil or criminal law, we are setting ourselves up in opposition to God. A clear conscience before God is more important than paying whatever penalty is due for our transgression. A clear conscience does not always assure that we are not guilty before God, but it is a good place to start. When we can see how our sinfulness breaks the heart of God and brings on us His judgment, it becomes important that we follow all of His commands and maintain a clear conscience before Him. In Psalm 139, the psalmist writes, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” It is a key to our living in a love relationship with God.