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His Patience Is Better
9/20/2011

His Patience is Better

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 never cease to be amazed at how fast we can be to point a finger at another person who is in the wrong.  There is something in our nature wanting to expose them and to see swift justice brought about, and yet when we make mistakes we will be the first to ask for mercy and a second (or third) chance.  

Thankfully, God is not like us - He is longsuffering towards us.  God being longsuffering simply means He patiently endures our sinful lifestyle hoping we will see how much He loves us and is willing to forgive us.   In essence God's longsuffering translates to Him being so good towards us, and we are told in Romans 2:4 this goodness is actually what leads us to repentance.  

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 found when I am kind to those who have offended me they usually will repent of their actions as well.

In Luke 13 we can see a parable given to us by Jesus - one so important for us to understand and remember.

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 additional time to produce fruit; God gives us additional time to turn from our sin.  We cannot take God's patience for granted though, or worse yet, mistake it for His acceptance of our sinful behavior.  If we choose to ignore God's goodness and continue to live in sin we will be without excuse.

Another thing we can see in this parable is the keeper of the vineyard knew if he placed good fertilizer around the roots of the barren tree it would eventually produce fruit.  It is the same for us as well as His Word makes its way to our heart.  

I want to encourage you today to think about God's kindness and patience He 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.  

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 good nutrients into the roots of your life?

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

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. In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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