God’s Will That We Repent – 2 Peter 3:9

God’s Will That We Repent – 2 Peter 3:9

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. (2 Peter 3:9)

Reflection:

Eternal life requires our repentance. God loves every human being he created and does not want anyone to perish, but that everyone would come to repentance and be saved. Although we are predisposed toward sin through our fallen nature, God works to save each of us and provides opportunities for us to repent. No one is predestined to hell. God has provided a way for the entire world to be saved through Jesus Christ his Son. The way to receive God’s gift of salvation is through repentance, which is a turning from the evil ways of this world, and a turning toward God. 

 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you for your universal love. Give me true repentance, that I might turn from the evil of this world and pursue the way of righteousness. 

 

Life Application:

Some people believe in destiny, that their futures are predetermined. Even some Christians believe that God has predestined some to inherit salvation and others to damnation–this belief is typically called “Calvinism” and is based on a misreading of difficult Scriptures. I was a Calvinist for 4 years of my life until God showed me the way out of it. But such beliefs are false! We are not locked into a pre-determined future. God has given us a free will and when we use our will to repent of our sin, the course of our life is redirected. God is at work behind the scenes of our lives and sends his Holy Spirit to convict us of our sin. God will even orchestrate opportunities for us to repent by showing us the way out whenever we fall into temptation. But God will not do the repenting for us. God has done everything else, but we must repent. So waste no time! Repent of the evils of this world. Repent of your sin and turn to God. God is ready to receive you!