Christian friends, I greet you in the name of Jesus. No other name is greater than the name Jesus: our Lord and our Savior. How would you act if you were a victim of wrong or witnessed your child being done wrong? Would it upset you? How would you feel if they apologized afterwards? What would you do if this became a cycle? How long would you tolerate this cycle? The mere thought of this sends us into an emotional rollercoaster. We go from hurt one moment, to being pleased the next, finally we are mad and if not careful, vindictive. We can rejoice that God is not like us. Man seeks after swift justice. God is long-suffering.
Ecclesiastes 8:11-12 reminds us of God’s long-suffering. God is patient with humanity and gives us a multitude of opportunities to correct our actions. Man is not long-suffering as God is. God treats a person that sins differently than man.
God is aware of all who sin but does not treat them as man would. Matthew 5:45 says, “For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Man is more likely to withhold his goodwill acts from those who do wrong. Although God is aware of all who sin, He continues to show mercy and grace to all.
The apostle Paul explains this to us with a question in Romans 2:4 (AMP), “Are you unmindful or actually ignorant [of the fact] that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repent” (to change your mind and inner man to accept God’s will)? He later says in 1 Timothy 2:4 God does this because He desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Many people, that we call sinners, have been lost because they were judged for their sins, condemned because of their sins, and cast away with their sins. God is the only one who can judge a person. He has made a way for us to escape the punishment of sin through His Son Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NIV) says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
We celebrate God for being long-suffering with us. The psalmist said it best in Psalms 86:15 (KJV), “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” God has not judged us harshly. He has done all he can for us so we will have no condemnation in hope of saving us all. Man however is often guilty of condemning, judging, and seeking swift justice regardless of who we may lose in the process. We can rejoice that God is not like us.
Until the next time: Celebrate God for being long-suffering with us
May the God of Glory keep you.
Tyrone Sanders is a public speaker and minister. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.