6For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.
7(G)Render to all what is due them: (H)tax to whom tax is due; (I)custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
8Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for (J)he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
Firstly- I always complain about paying California taxes....I could go on and on about how corrupt this state is...and how rediculus it is that I have to pay a much, much higher percentage of state tax than I ever did in Texas or Montana...but this verse challenges me to stop complaining. I choose to live here and therefore should devote myself to the rulers. That doesn't mean I can't be involved in helping change, but to walk around with a attitude of hating rulers is not what God has intended for us.
Also, I am challenged to love my neighbor. This has really become more evident to me in traveling the world and really how every area of the world is a neighbor to us now (because of internet, quick plane flights, etc.) How to I love our friends next door and how do I love my sisters and brothers in Africa...I ask myself this question often and I know I fall short of loving them "as myself." May God help me grow in these two areas.