The Patience of God

Return, faithless Israel,
declares the Lord.
I will not look on you in anger,
    for I am merciful,
declares the Lord;
I will not be angry forever.
Jeremiah 3:12

Most of us would agree that we want people to get second chances. Perhaps that is the image of God in us.

No one deserves a second chance. Wrong is wrong. And wrong deserves punishment.

Why do we get second chances, then?

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Psalm 103:8

This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:3-4

God isn't waiting to strike people dead, like some would think. He is a God of justice, yes, but He is also a God of mercy. He longs, more than anything, that people would turn to Him to find joy and peace and life in Him. That is why He gave the people before the flood in Noah's day an extra 120 days (Genesis 6:3). That is why He gave the Ninevites many chances to repent (Jonah 3:5). That is why He gave the Israelites 5,000 chances.

And that is why He sent His Son.

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:8-9

If you have heard His voice calling you, don't resist. Come home!

Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
Romans 2:4

He does not force you to love Him. That is your choice. But He has lavished love on you, and all He desires is that your eyes be opened to His love and you see Him for who He is and fall down and worship.

And, oh, my heart longs to see you find peace in Him!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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