He’s Patient for A Reason—Day 5

By on Oct 20, 2017 in Patient For A Reason | 0 comments

He’s Patient for A Reason—Day 5 Romans 2: 4 “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” As we conclude this week’s devotional series, let us meditate on this thought: As undeserving as we are of the Lord’s mercy, His goodness, tolerance and patience with us we should all appreciate. The word patience in our devotional passage literally means  “long-tempered.”  In other words, the Lord is not quick to punish us for our failures. However, He bears long in the face of disappointment. The Lord is the one who is disappointed and caused to experience pain because of our sinful ways; yet, He remains long-tempered with us. Please, let us make no mistake about it, God’s patience does not mean we have gotten away with wrong, He is just slow in avenging...

He’s Patient for A Reason—Day 4

By on Oct 19, 2017 in My Traveling Companion, Patient For A Reason | 0 comments

He’s Patient for A Reason—Day 4 Romans 2: 4 “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” As we continue meditating on our devotional passage today, let us give considerable attention to not thinking lightly of the Lord tolerating of us. The Greek word for tolerance is anŏchē, an-okh-ay; the word means forbearance.  The overall meaning is a good-natured tolerance that delays enforcing rights or claims or privileges. Get this: we are the ones at fault and God delays doing what He has the right to do to us. Isn’t it good to know that when we have fallen short, God does not punish us immediately?  Although it is His privilege to deal with us, God gives us an interval so that we can repent and turn to Him. It is important for us to know that this word tolerance does not...

He’s Patient for A Reason—Day 3

By on Oct 18, 2017 in Patient For A Reason | 0 comments

He’s Patient for A Reason—Day 3 Romans 2: 4 “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” Our devotional passage this week is one that is strategically written to stir the hearts of the reader to respond to God’s kindness.  Although we may at times behave as if we do not have to answer to God, our devotional passage is placed here to work as a magnet to draw us to respond appropriately to the Lord’s kindness. The writer is not just saying God is kind. He wants us to know and experience the impact of the Lord’s kindness at work in our lives. In other words, the writer desires the audience to know and personally experience what is taking place within God’s heart toward us in spite of our sinful ways. Typically, whenever we are wrong, it may be customary for others to be...

He’s Patient for A Reason—Day 2

By on Oct 17, 2017 in Patient For A Reason | 0 comments

He’s Patient for A Reason—Day 2 Romans 2: 4 “Or do you think lightly of the riches.”  Our devotional this week addresses the false assumption that many believers inaudibly express.  The assumption that says, “Grace is enough, so I can continue doing what I am doing.” God is not an impartial God; He hates sin whether it is committed by those who profess a hope in Him or those who do not profess faith in Him. It seems as if we believe, because we are His children, we receive preferential treatment and can do whatever we want.  Can we?  Are we free from the consequences of choosing to walk in a path that crucifies Christ all over again and disgraces our witness? Let us meditate on and give great consideration to these few words from our devotional passage. “Or do you think lightly of the riches.”  I learned some time ago, you can tell if people...

He’s Patient For A Reason

By on Oct 16, 2017 in He Is Looking For Fruit | 0 comments

He’s Patient For A Reason Romans 2: 4 “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” I grew up in a large family; there was always something going on.  My parents were always working and very busy with six children. There were times when we would do something that deserved punishment. I would watch my parents be gracious toward us, and I did not understand why. However, one day my younger brother was in trouble, and my father told him, “I am going to get you.” Well, most of us probably know what “get you” means. There seemed to be no action with those words—it turned into a day, a day turn into a week, a week turned into two weeks. Once again, my brother did the same thing and once again my father said, “I am going to get you.”  This time, with a...