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Polish throne at Warsaw Royal Castle

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Answering to the highest authority, we must love all people, even enemies, and pray for those who actively oppose us. For love to flourish in your inward being so completely, who must you follow?

Matthew 5:43-45 (ESV):

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

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Heaven rules over all peoples, from the lowliest to those in positions of power, authority, and prosperity, who are wise to acknowledge and follow their Creator and do what is right, as all are answerable to God.

Daniel 4:26-27

26 And as it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be confirmed for you from the time that you know that Heaven rules. 27 Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.”

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How many Bible lessons are by counterexample? King Rehoboam teaches by counterexample that the proper role for rulers of the people who obey God is to be for the people as their servant, a legitimate way to obtain affirmation of their authority by the people.

1 Kings 12:6-8

6 Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” 7 And they said to him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.” 8 But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.

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