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The Fruit of Patience

April 17, 2023

“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?”  - Romans 2:4

Anyone who truly knows God through a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus, knows that God is patient. God described Himself to Moses in Exodus 34:6-7 as, “A compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” And while He goes on to say that He will not leave sin unpunished, it is still His desire that none would perish, but everyone would come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

Have you ever wondered why God hasn’t long since brought an end to the wickedness on this earth by sending Christ for His bride, the Church? We see how He dealt with sinners in the days of Noah, and with the evil in Sodom and Gomorrah. Has God changed since those days? Has His hatred of sin dissolved? Surely not, because as Numbers 23:19 teaches us, “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind.” So why do you think He is prolonging His return?

The answer is that He is patient – long-suffering. His patience with rebellious sinners is an expression of His kindness, which is meant to lead the wayward to repentance. His patience has nothing to do with His anger towards sin, rather it is meant to bring the lost back to Him. Therefore, patience is at the core of who God is, and how He acts. 

Patience is not apathy or indifference. It is not a form of weakness. On the contrary, His patience reveals His awesome power and His gentle kindness at the same time. Only God could choose to show such restraint in the midst of His wrath against sin.

So why is it important that we are patient with others? As believers, our purpose on this earth is to glorify Christ in all we do and say. This means that our behavior and attitude should give an accurate portrayal of our God. Our lives should be a reflection of Christ.  When people see us, they see Jesus, not because we are so good, but because Christ in us is good.

The “fruit” of our lives should be spiritual, not carnal. We have been redeemed so that love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are born through us, drawing others to Christ.

Father, thank You for Your patience with me. Your kindness continually leads me to repentance. Please help me to show others Your patience through how I live. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Topics: Patience

Bible Reference

Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
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