by Dr. Ed Young

(Transcribed from actual tape) September 9, 1984 - 9:40 a.


Romans 13:8-14

I hope you already have your Bibles open to Romans, Chapter 13. Our text

this morning will be Romans 13, beginning with Verse 8, going through the

end of that chapter. As we begin, let's bow for prayer together.

"Our Hp-ave-nly Father. we're grateful to Thee for the inspiration of music,

for the way You speak clearly to us in that hidden area of our hearts through

words of song. Father, we're inspired. We're touched. We're lifted up.

But then we know, oh, Lord, it is through proclamation that You give to us

the practical application of that divine word. And now, oh Lord, I pray

that You will give us unusual attention. I pray that You will speak and

let me get out of the way so that Thy word and Thy holy and divine message

migbt not o-nly lie hp-ard, but may it be received and understood and incorpo-

rated into our lifestyles. For we make this prayer in the strong, holy

name that's above every other name - the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior

and our Lord. Amen."

You'll remember that Paul wrote to the church in Rome while living in the

City of Corinth. As he saw the decadence in the streets, as he viewed the

sexual promiscuity, he looked at the lives of those individuals in Corinth

and suddenly, inspired by the Holy Spirit, he knew the great need in the

Roman world. And that need was love. Genuine love. And so here in these

verses at the end of Chapter 13, he sums up everything he has been saying


in Romans 12, and Romans 13:1-7. And I guess if we were to sum it up in one

phrase, it would be "love settles all obligations." Genuine love. The love

released by Jesus Christ in His resurrection power - that kind of ...

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