Friday, November 28, 2014

Romans 2:4-5, 11 NLT
(Read Romans 2:1-11)
 
“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishments for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed…For God does not show favoritism.”

Back in late September (9/28), before we began our study of this passage, I introduced you to a new song from Crowder called “Come as You Are.” This song encourages the sinner to come to God, because God is a merciful who wants to rescue and heal. As well, the 2nd verse continues to describe God as bringing hope and rest into our lives through his grace. This song, which I encourage you to go back and listen to on YouTube, really is the same invitation that this Scripture brings to us.

Here in Romans, Paul begins to remind the Jews that they are guilty as the Gentiles and have no excuse before God. The Jews in their blindness thought they were protected from God’s judgment because God was kind and would overlook their sin. Nonetheless, what they didn’t realize is that God’s kindness was to guide them to turning from their sin, but instead they were storing up judgment for themselves because they would not repent. As Paul continues in (2:6-11), he reminds them that God judges every human being without bias. God does not judge based upon the outward appearance. The “playing field” with God is level for all.

The question that this passage should raise within our minds is if we take for granted God’s kindness. Voltaire’s attitude was, “God will forgive; that’s his business.” Do we sometimes disrespect God by ignoring sin in our lives? Our challenge is to examine ourselves before God and to turn away from sin and pursue a life that brings honor to God’s name.

Blessings,

Aaron J. Edwards


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