Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of  I’m Not Who I Once Was
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize Romans 8:1 and Romans 12:1-2

Week 45: Day 4

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Romans 13-14

13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. 2So the person who resists such authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will incur judgment 3(for rulers cause no fear for good conduct but for bad). Do you desire not to fear authority? Do good and you will receive its commendation 4because it is God’s servant for your well-being. But be afraid if you do wrong because government does not bear the sword for nothing. It is God’s servant to administer punishment on the person who does wrong. 5Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath of the authorities but also because of your conscience. 6For this reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants devoted to governing. 7Pay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. 8Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9For the commandments, “Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not covet,” (and if there is any other commandment) are summed up in this, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 11And do this because we know the time, that it is already the hour for us to awake from sleep, for our salvation is now nearer than when we became believers. 12The night has advanced toward dawn; the day is near. So then we must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light. 13Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires. 14:1 Now receive the one who is weak in the faith, and do not have disputes over differing opinions. 2One person believes in eating everything, but the weak person eats only vegetables. 3The one who eats everything must not despise the one who does not, and the one who abstains must not judge the one who eats everything, for God has accepted him. 4Who are you to pass judgment on another’s servant? Before his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5One person regards one day holier than other days, and another regards them all alike. Each must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6The one who observes the day does it for the Lord. The one who eats, eats for the Lord because he gives thanks to God, and the one who abstains from eating abstains for the Lord, and he gives thanks to God. 7For none of us lives for himself and none dies for himself. 8If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9For this reason Christ died and returned to life, so that he may be the Lord of both the dead and the living. 10But you who eat vegetables only—why do you judge your brother or sister? And you who eat everything—why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God.” 12Therefore, each of us will give an account of himself to God. 13Therefore we must not pass judgment on one another, but rather determine never to place an obstacle or a trap before a brother or sister. 14I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean in itself; still, it is unclean to the one who considers it unclean. 15For if your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy by your food someone for whom Christ died. 16Therefore do not let what you consider good be spoken of as evil. 17For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18For the one who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by people. 19So then, let us pursue what makes for peace and for building up one another. 20Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. For although all things are clean, it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat. 21It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything that causes your brother to stumble. 22The faith you have, keep to yourself before God. Blessed is the one who does not judge himself by what he approves. 23But the man who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not do so from faith, and whatever is not from faith is sin. (NET Bible)

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