Paul encouraged Christians to obey the government even though submitting to a pagan government would be difficult. He also encouraged Christians to love each other.
Christians should be well-known in their commuities for their obedience to government and their love others through us.
Let us pray for each other so that we grow in tender love, that we allow God to love others through us.
Where does that showing of love being? At home; so let us bring that love to the sick, to the old, to the lonely, to the unwanted. For people do not hunger only for bread; they hunger for love, they hunger to be somebody to somebody.
I will never forget that I once met a man in the street who looked very lonely and miserable. So I walked right up to him, and i shook his hand. My hands are always very warm; and he looked up, gave me a beautiful smilie, and he said, "Oh, it has been such a long, long time since I felt the warmth of a human hand!" How very wonderful and very beautiful that our simple actions can show love in the way.
And let us remember to bring that kind of love into our family. We can do this prayer; for where there is love, there is the complete oneness that jesus was talking about when he said, "Be one, as the Father and I are one. And love one another as love me, I have loved you."
Love- 1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 3:16; 4:7-8.