For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
In today’s world there is a growing desire to fight against authority. However in the New Testament, the only time you see the believers not obeying the public authority is when they were told to no longer speak in the Name of Jesus (Acts 4:18).
In this verse Paul is saying that those in authority like policemen or judges are there for our good. When we have rebelled and broken the law, then we have reason to be afraid of them.
If you want to live in civil peace do the right thing. Don’t break the rules of the land. Unless you are being told to do something directly against what the Bible says, obey the authorities in your life and you will not need to be afraid of them.
Challenge yourself today to be respectful and honor those in authority around you. They were put there for your good!