Into Practice …

God’s kindness …

Romans 2:1-4 NLT

[1] You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.

[2] And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things.

[3] Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things?

[4] 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?

Reflection …

Chapter two begins with a strong warning to those who practice the wicked acts mentioned at the end of chapter one, and they too will receive God’s judgment.

Verse four is key for us to understand the whole theme of the book. God is kind and patient. It is out of these characteristics that God desires for us to turn from our sin and place our faith completely in Him.

Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

We can’t imagine just how kind and patient God is. We have only to consider how God’s people in the Old Testament responded to Him. They tested Him by doing such wicked things just like the nations around them. His patience nearly ran out and still He rescued a remanent of them. Time and time again we fail and even test His patience and kindness towards us, and yet He wants us to turn back to Him.

In his kindness and mercy, God holds back his judgment, giving people time to turn from their sin. … We are more likely to be surprised by God’s patience with others than humbled by his patience with us.*

Let’s be people who are humbled by God’s great kindness and patience with us so that His grace is manifested in our everyday actions. That the Fruit of the Spirit, good works, and making disciples be the evidence of our humble walk with the Lord.

Video – Kindness

* from The Life Application Study Bible on Romans 2:4.