There has always been a question that has burnt its place in my mind, and all my meanderings and readings have not satisfied this question. Soon I will be done with this essay, and I’ll have a much better grasp on this issue than before when I’m done, but until then I leave with you an excerpt.
I deal with the question of patience. Does God’s patience run out with me? Does it run out, at the 98th time I lose my temper, and I lose something, like a nice pretty jewel on my crown in heaven? So I turned to the word and fervently searched the pages in search of an answer.
I’ve found (not exhaustively of course), that God’s patience was mainly exercised for our Salvation, and patience is replaced with discipline for those who love Him. Here is an excerpt:
“The reason God shows kindness in his patience is that they who have lived a life against God would be given the chance to choose God. Indeed it takes much spiritual work to undo the hardening of the sin encrusted soul. But with one powerful word that God can utter, He changes the identity and nature of the perpetually sinning man; when God says, “This one is Mine!” Truly God’s mind has known that sinner as his even before the world was accepted, but the world obeys and acknowledges the admittance of another sinner into the kingdom. At that moment the unrepentant man is illuminated with the Holy Spirit, and its light shows him for who he really is, a man in need of a savior.
What a harrowing and deadly place it is to be on the ever shortening end of God’s patience. For the unrepentant man, patience does come to an end. “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions…God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” (Romans 1:26, Romans 1:28) The language here is definitely one of limit. Here we get the clear picture that God’s patience is indeed not limitless to the one who is a “hater of God”. The language here strongly depicts God handing over the unrepentant man to his own desires. It is a mercy that God had previously kept them from such a state, but after God deems it necessary, he gives the sinful natured man over to his own sinful flesh, and it is in such a circle of selfishness he thus continues. Man feeding sin, sin feeding man! God has withdrawn His caring hand to this individual, and two things will happen. If he repents, he will be saved, but if he continues to indulge in himself, the wrath of God is his. “But for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.” (Romans 2:8)
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