Do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? (Romans 2:4)
Have you ever thought about all the foolish things you thought and did as a young Christian? I remember choosing a church because I liked a girl. I nervously blurted out the Gospel to family and friends, mostly to stop feeling guilty, rather than really caring about their souls. I led several people to Christ and then essentially abandoned them because I believed my job was done and God would take care of them. I wanted to be a because it would make me feel more important.
As time went on, I realized that these things were wrong, and I realized as well how patient God had been with me. God knew all of those silly things bouncing around in my head and yet months and years went by before He confronted me with some of them, and in the mean time He continually blessed me, and hardly ever “spanked” me. He’s a real patient Dad.
Have you ever taken the time to laugh about how God has shown you “kindness, tolerance and patience”? Have you ever let that humble you in your soul? Does it give you confidence and peace about God’s grace for the things He might see now? “Do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience” toward you, by not being the same with others? Who in your life right now needs to be treated with the same grace as God has treated you, such that you are willing to overlook all the foolishness you see, and praise them for the good that you also see? “He is patient with you” (2 Peter 3:9), and all He really asks in return is that we would be the same way with others.