KINDNESS LEADING TO REPENTANCE
“Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”
Romans 2:3-4 ESV
Did you know that God’s kindness leads to repentance?
Some of us actually forget this truth or are ignorant of it that we sometimes pass judgment on other people by trying to coerce them or force them to repent of their sins.
We do know that rebuking in love and speaking the truth with love are important facets of the Christian community and of bringing others into repentance; but at times, we tend to show contempt, gossip about another person’s wrongdoing, keep silent on sin, and try to make people repent on the false basis of guilt and shame.
Be it even farther from us that we don’t act out what we preach! As Christians, we need to stay away from developing a “Pharisee spirit”— a “holier-than-thou” self-righteous attitude.
As we begin to live a life of obedience and progress in it, we sometimes forget from whence we came. God in His kindness has saved us, and brought us into relationship with Himself. It is His kindness that has led us to repentance.
Getting to know Christ, we begin to understand how good He is, and how grace-filled our lives have been and how they continue to be founded in and by His Grace alone.
In knowing Him, we begin to desire to repent. In our growing love for Him, our desire to obey increases as well. It is all because of Him that we have come to the place where we are in now. In the same way that God shows His kindness to us, we ought to pass on that kindness to those who are growing along with us.
Is there a need to repent of sin in your life this day? Are you forgetting the kindness of God shown to you through His enduring patience and grace upon your life? How can you extend the same kindness onto others this week?