INTRODUCTION: Every citizen of any country has certain obligations that they are required to fulfill. These vary from country to country. The kingdom of God is no exception. We have obligations and duties to discharge.
I. GOD WANTS US TO BE GOOD CITIZENS. (Verse 1)
A. We must be in subjection to government.II. WE ARE TO BE READY "FOR EVERY GOOD WORK." (Verse 1b)1. Romans 13:1 - "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God."B. Even bad rulers deserve respect for their office sake.
A. This can sum up our whole mission.III. WE ARE TO BE CAREFUL WHAT WE SAY (Verse 2).1. Matthew 5:16 - "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.B. There must be a "pattern" of good works in our lives.
A. Our tongues can hurt others and ourselves.IV. WE MUST BE PEACEABLE. (Verse 2).1. James 3:5_6 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.B. The tongue causes strife!1. James 3:14_16 But if you have bitter envy and self_seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self_seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.C. We are to put away such sins.1. 1 Peter 2:1 - Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,
A. The King James and American Standard speak of this in the negative sense.V. WE MUST SHOW A SPIRIT OF GENTLENESS AND HUMBLE TO ALL. (Verse 2)1. KJV - "Not brawlers"B. Strife and contention are easy to spread.
A. Gentleness1. "Forbearing, moderate, patient"
2. Opposite to being a contentious man.B. Meekness
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