THURSDAY, JUNE 25
“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?”
Romans 2:4 (ESV)
“being reviled, …did not revile in return; while suffering, …uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him Who judges righteously”
1 Peter 2:23 (ESV)
GOD’S EXAMPLE OF PATIENCE
One of the greatest examples of patience is how patient God is with us. In 1 Peter 2 Jesus did not retaliate when He was nailed to the cross. Instead He patiently endured the cross for us. When we were lost and far from God, God did not give up on us but instead Romans 2 says He was kind, long-suffering and patient.
A man was once driving along a narrow, winding road, in his sedan, when all of a sudden, a woman driving a large Rolls Royce came hurtling around the corner, nearly driving him off the road. As she drove by the man, he heard her shout, “Pig!” Immediately, the man retaliated by yelling back, “Fat old cow!” Then he drove around the bend himself – and crashed head-on into the biggest pig he’d ever seen.
We’ve all been tempted to shout back or retaliate when someone has offended or hurt us. And often that seems to make things worse and not better. Patience can be defined as the ability to hold one’s feelings in restraint or bear up under the oversights and wrongs afflicted by others without retaliating.
As Christians we can choose to have the patience toward others which God has shown to us. Romans 2:4 says God has been rich in kindness, forbearance, and patience. And that leads people to repentance. How has God’s rich patience led you to repentance and changed your life? Do you believe if you were rich in patience toward difficult people it could also help change their lives?