Apostle Grace Lubega
Romans 2:3-4 (KJV); And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
There are limits to the endurance and tolerance of any man in the flesh. Men easily get frustrated by continual demonstration of weakness in others. The reservoirs of restraint and forbearance can run dry depending on how long one has to deal with people who seemingly cannot change.
Unfortunately, these limitations in our patience have been extended to church altars and made to seem like these are the limitations that God Himself has. Oftentimes, we assume that the same way we run out of patience, is the same way God does. As such, we weigh His love for men based on our own ability to tolerate others.
In Matthew 18:21, Peter demonstrates the endurance levels of a normal man against whom a brother has sinned. He asks, “how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?”
Christ, in demonstrating the deep reservoirs of God’s patience, sets the bar extremely high, when He responds to Peter’s question and says, “I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22).
God’s patience is different from that of any man. His love is not the kind that is fickle, which dwindles, diminishes and is worn down by continued frustration. He says in 2 Peter 3:9 that He is longsuffering and does not wish for any man to perish.
Never judge God’s mercy based on the limits of your own patience. It is His goodness that leads to repentance, not your wrath. Your anger can never compel any man out of weakness or sin. The heart is not transformed by anger, condemnation and finger-pointing. The heart is transformed by the love of God.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Peter 3:9, Psalm 130:4 (MSG)
GOLDEN NUGGET: God’s patience is different from that of any man. His love is not the kind that is fickle, which dwindles, diminishes and is worn down by continued frustration. Never judge God’s mercy based on the limits of your own patience.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I am humbled by Your love, grace and enduring mercy toward me. I stand in the assurance of one who has been drawn to You by love and who is kept in Your arms by the same love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.