Romans 2:4-6 4Or are you [so blind as to] trifle with and presume upon and despise and underestimate the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience? Are you unmindful or actually ignorant [of the fact] that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repent (to change your mind and inner man to accept God’s will)? 5But by your callous stubbornness and impenitence of heart you are storing up wrath and indignation for yourself on the day of wrath and indignation, when God’s righteous judgment (just doom) will be revealed. 6For He will render to every man according to his works [justly, as his deeds deserve]
What strikes me in this passage is the second part of verse 4. The reason God is good to us is so that we will be led to a place of repentance, a place where we adjust our hearts and minds to accept Him in our lives. He does great things in our lives so we voluntarily serve Him. Rather than be driven by fear, duty or tradition, we should be compelled by a sense of appreciation and love. Colossians 1:4 says 4For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness] and of the love which you [have and show] for all the saints (God’s consecrated ones). In this letter, Paul describes faith in Jesus as trusting in His power wisdom and goodness.
Titus 3:4-5 tells us 4But when the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Savior to man [as man] appeared, 5He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth(regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit. The ultimate kindness God has shown us is the ability He gave us to have a personal relationship with Him. He sent His Son so we could fellowship with Him once more. Whether we love Him or not, whether we serve Him or not, whether we choose to have relationship with Him or not, He still shows His goodness to us- all in the hope that we will choose to serve Him.
In 1 Chronicles 16:34-35 we are instructed 34O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! 35And say, Save us, O God of our salvation; gather us together and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name and glory in Your praise.Today I encourage you to think about the goodness of God. What has He done in your life? Who has He been to you? As you meditate on His loving-kindness allow it to bring you to a place of surrender, repentance and greater relationship with Him than ever before. Then offer thanksgiving to Him, and praise His name for the wonderful things He has done.
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