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Hydroseeding Grace
9/12/2017

Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:4 (NKJV)

I love God’s grace!  Seriously, I love the fact that I don’t have to worry about losing his favor, because I never earned it in the first place—it’s totally unmerited.  I am so thankful that God is longsuffering towards me.  Have you ever thought about how longsuffering He is with you?

God being longsuffering simply means He is patient with us.  He does this because He is not willing that any of us perish in our sin (2 Pet. 3:9).  It is this compassion, or kindness, that actually leads us to want to turn from our sin, and to embrace Him as our Lord (Rom. 2:4).  

I find this to be true in my life.  Not only was I more eager to turn from my sin when I understood God’s patience and kindness with me, but I have also found when I am kind to those who have offended me, they will usually repent of their actions as well.  Our repentance simply means we change our mind about the way we want to live—we make the decision to live in a way that is pleasing to God, rather than living in a way to fulfill the desires of our flesh.  As we change our mind, there should be a change of behavior as well—we call it fruit in our Christian walk. 

Jesus gave a great parable speaking about how there should be fruit in our lives, as recorded in the Book of Luke.

He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, “Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, “Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ ” Luke 13:6-9 (NKJV)

In the same way the landowner gave the fig tree additional time to produce fruit; God gives us additional time to get our minds renewed, and our lives transformed to live in a way that is pleasing to Him. Notice, the keeper of the vineyard knew that if he placed good fertilizer around the roots of the barren tree, then it would eventually produce fruit. God knows it is the same for us as well, as we read His Word, it will eventually make its way to our heart. 

I want to encourage you today to think about the kindness and patience God has bestowed upon you. Think about imitating it and passing it on to others who may be unworthy.  It just might be the seed planted deep within the soil of their hearts ultimately leading them to repentance.  Also, continue to invest into the soil of your heart with God’s word each and every day.  Watch and see, as God’s produces great fruit within your lives. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Luke 13:6-9 what did the keeper of the vineyard do to help the tree produce fruit?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you reading your Bible daily so you can get the proper nutrients into the roots of your heart?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to feed your mind and heart with God’s Word.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your mercy and Your unending love for me.  Lord, help me to have this patience and mercy with others in my life who may have offended someone or even hurt them.  Help me to pray for them and love them, even though I hate the sin. Help me to receive and understand Your word as I read it each day.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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