“I HAVE MY RIGHTS!”

Please Read Romans 13

It has gotten to the place where we do not recognize the fact that in demanding our rights we often violate the rights of others. Take the example of a husband and wife in the home, or a parent and child in the home. The child says, “I have my rights.”  The husband says, “I have my rights; I have a right to do this or that,” without ever even thinking of the spouse or the parent, who also has some rights. 

You have heard the expression that duties never conflict. Now let me start a new expression – rights never conflict. When God speaks and addresses our rights, He only says, “Let God be true and every man a liar.” In other words, when you become a child of God, all of your rights have been taken from you and given to the Holy Spirit and interpreted through the Scripture. 

When I demand my rights, it must always be that my rights are consistent with the Word of God. Let’s make absolutely certain that where our own individual rights end, we do not trample on the rights of others or violate the Word of God. Look again at verse 1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained (ordered) of God.” God is supreme; He is omnipotent; He is omniscient and omnipresent, and it is He to whom we must yield our individual rights. 

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