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His Kindness
“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4

His Kindness. The riches of His kindness! His kindness toward us is so overwhelming when we are able to accept the fact that we sin and have weaknesses and fall far short of the Glory of our God. For most of us it is much easier to believe in the kindness of our Father when we are functioning in our gifts (which of course came from Him) or helping the poor or ministering to the downtrodden. This is usually because we have not been able to find our righteouness in Him and instead live self-righteous lives—when we feel good about ourselves because we think that we are right. This is not good and always leads to arrogance and depression. His Way is the Truth that we must accept, believe, (in our hearts) and live:

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart"— that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:8-10

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

His Patience. We tend to measure His patience by our own. When we do this we miss the Truth of His incredible love for us. Our understanding of patience has little to nothing to do with His. He has been waiting for His Bride, one without spot or blemish, since Creation and we are His Bride!. Many people become impatient when dinner is not ready or their favorite TV program is interrupted for some reason. This is so silly! Seek to know Him and you will understand much more of His patience and love.

His Repentance. Their is much confusion among His people concerning the difference between forgiveness and repentance. Forgiveness is freely and immediately granted to us when we sin if we cry our from our heart. Repentance is what He expects of us after we are forgiven. Living a new way in whatever area we asked forgiveness for. His part is freely forgiving us because He gave His life for our sins on the cross. Repentance is our part—turning completely around and living His Way.

And the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the midst, they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. "Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?" And they were saying this, testing Him, in order that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And when they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the midst. And straightening up, Jesus said to her, "Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?" And she said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go your way. From now on sin no more." John 8:3-11

The most awesome part of His command to repent is that He also provides the Grace that empowers us to live in a new Way—His Way! Go and sin no more!

agape,
---john