Romans 2:4

Romans 2:4

Do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? (Romans 2:4)

God is very forgiving. In fact, forgiveness itself is a spiritual quality that stems from God’s very character. God is so merciful that it might appear that he is no longer paying attention to your sin. It might also appear that God will continually forgive without any expectation of change on your part. Neither of these is true! God is patient with us and does not want to punish us, but his goal is to bring us to repentance. God is indeed patient, but God is also just and will not allow us to continue in rebellion against him without ultimately holding us to account.

This is why we should repent quickly whenever we sin. It is also why we should continue to work toward a better way of living. God is indeed patient and will continue gently guiding us forward even when we stumble and fall. God has promised to forgive us whenever we genuinely repent. But God may also hold us accountable and discipline us as a good parent disciplines the child. Paul does not want us to misconstrue God’s patience as indifference. Therefore, we should always repent and work toward the holiness of heart and life that God requires.

Lord, you have been very gracious and patient with me. I confess that I have often taken your patience for granted. Let me do so no longer! Work within me so that I am no longer passive about the sin in my life. As you have provided me with the grace I need, so complete your work to bring me into a better way of living.

Romans 2:1