Submit to Government
1Let every soul be #Titus 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:13subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2Therefore whoever resists #(Titus 3:1)the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? #1 Pet. 2:14Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5Therefore #Eccl. 8:2you must be subject, not only because of wrath #Acts 24:16; (1 Pet. 2:13, 19)but also for conscience’ sake. 6For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7#Matt. 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
Love Your Neighbor
8Owe no one anything except to love one another, for #(Matt. 7:12; 22:39; John 13:34; Rom. 13:10; Gal. 5:13, 14; 1 Tim. 1:5; James 2:8)he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9For the commandments, #Ex. 20:13–17; Deut. 5:17–21; Matt. 19:18“You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, #Lev. 19:18; Mark 12:31; James 2:8“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore #(Matt. 7:12; 22:39, 40; John 13:34); Rom. 13:8; Gal. 5:14; James 2:8love is the fulfillment of the law.
Put on Christ
11And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time #Mark 13:37; (1 Cor. 15:34; Eph. 5:14); 1 Thess. 5:6to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12The night is far spent, the day is at hand. #Eph. 5:11Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and #(2 Cor. 6:7; 10:4; Eph. 6:11, 13; 1 Thess. 5:8)let us put on the armor of light. 13#Phil. 4:8Let us walk properly, as in the day, #Prov. 23:20not in revelry and drunkenness, #(1 Cor. 6:9)not in lewdness and lust, #James 3:14not in strife and envy. 14But #Job 29:14; Gal. 3:27; (Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10, 12)put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and #(Gal. 5:16); 1 Pet. 2:11make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.