Romans 2:1-11 Part 2 – Two ways God reacts to sin (Wrath and Kindness)

Romans 2:4-5 NIV

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? [5] But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath , when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

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God’s Kindness

What is God’s kindness?  His forbearance (restraint and tolerance) and patience.  Read 2 Peter 3:3-15. God’s goodness is in the rainbow.  It is in the sunshine.  God is good.  He sent His only Son to forever live with the mark of suffering on the cross.  This was done as we were enemies of God (Romans 5:8).  God’s goodness with Adam and Eve by providing a covering for them and to develop a relationship again with man through the nation Israel.

God’s Patience and Goodness leads to Salvation

How many times in your past have you felt the goodness of God knowing something supernatural has intervened in your life.  Like a time where you should have been hurt or died  but somehow remain safe.  Like when  your car breaks down in a safe place or your home instead of a more dangerous place. It is these times we know something good has happened.  God’s goodness happens many  times when many are living in opposition to Him.  But it is the patience and forbearance in these events that should lead them to the knowledge that God is good and worth following. The Holy Spirit is at work drawing people to Christ.

Satan’s fight against God’s patience

During this patience of God,  there is still wrath being built up toward that final day of judgement.  But it is God’s desire that during this time of patience and goodness men would repent and the blood of Jesus will erase all sin.  The enemy is also at work to cause death which brings judgement and wrath on those who rejected God.  They did not acknowledge His goodness and the calling of the Holy Spirit in time.  Thank God for his patience and goodness in your life and your lightnside.

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