LESSON 11 13/11/2016
CHRISTIAN RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GOVERNMENT
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 33, 35
Devotional Reading: Rom. 13:1-7
Topic For Adults: Your Duty To The Government
Topic For Youths: Don’t Resist Authorities
Topic For Intermediates: Respect The Law
Scripture Lesson: Rom. 13:1-7; Mk. 12:16-17; 1 Tim. 2:1-4; 1 Pet. 2:13-14
Memory Verse: Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authorities except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God (Rom. 13:1) NKJV.
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Strive For A Good Conscience Towards God And Man
Not every coin that bears the exact stamp is a genuine coin. It is true that the counterfeit, the base and worthless coin, bears the right stamp also. It isn’t the impression that matters so much as the nature of the metal. Many an action that bears the impression of a good conscience is condemned before God as perilous, injurious, and destructive in its issues. The coin must be tested on the touchstone to discover if it rings true. Conscience must be tested on the touchstones of Christian principle and the Spirit of the Master to know if it is a right conscience. It is not enough to say, “It seems right to me”. We must ask how does this action, this line of conduct, ring on the touchstones of Christian principle? Not what we think but what Christ thinks, what the Master thinks, matters most. Consciousness is the mother of good thinking, while non-challant attitude is the grace of fools. Awareness of who you are, where you are, where you are going and what you want from life will help your choices and ultimately affect the way you live. We may really have to pray for a good conscience without offence, for us to do well with the government as Christians. Our conscience as Christians is the voice of our spirit which is supposed to be in connection with God and the Holy Spirit for correctness of action, attitude and by extension, life. So we need a good conscience to be able to work faithfully with.
Point of Emphasis: Good conscience is the catalyst for good behaviour.
Prayer Point: Lord, help me to have a good conscience that will lead me to right attitude.