The Goodness of God


           “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Romans 2:4-5).

          God created hell for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). Because of the immense riches of His grace, mercy, and goodness, He provided humanity with the gospel of salvation by which all could be rescued and thus no one should eternally perish in His inescapable judgment (2 Peter 3:9).

          Far too many despise God’s goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering by remaining in sin instead of repenting of it. They mistake His longsuffering with sinners as license to sin. They misinterpret His goodness toward the lost as approval to remain lost. His forbearance is seen as an excuse for sin, not a reason to eliminate it.

          But such impenitent thinking and actions only make matters worse, much worse for you: It increases your guilt and thus the wrath you will receive in the inescapable day of judgment when God’s righteous wrath is revealed.

          Despising the riches of God’s goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering is an utterly foolish decision to make. Repent; don’t perish (Luke 13:3).

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Author: jchowning

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