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Vol.  10  No. 6 June 2008  Page 3
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Rodney Nulph

The Longsuffering of God

By Rodney Nulph

    Someone has correctly written, “Hell is God’s justice; heaven is his love; earth, his longsuffering.” God is patiently waiting in His longsuffering while we live upon this earth. Peter affirmed, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 emphasis added). Have you ever considered the longsuffering of the God we serve? God’s patience is seen in His seeming delay of the pending judgment and wrath to come. Why is God longsuffering and patient in His judgment?

    In the first place, God is longsuffering to give all a chance to repent of his or her Old Life. God desires for all to come to repentance; that is His hope and desire for mankind (1 Timothy 2:4)! The Lord’s delay in returning is not a permit to enjoy our sins for a longer season, but rather it is an extended opportunity to get sin and worldliness out of our lives! It is God’s goodness that should lead us all to rid ourselves of sinful conduct (Romans 2:4). Everyday that we are able to be on this side of God’s wrath and judgment should be another day to cleanse ourselves of sin and spiritual impurities. As the song we often sing with our children says, “He’s still working on me, to make me what I ought to be.” Continual repentance brings us closer to being Christ-like, and that should be each Christian’s goal (cf. Philippians 2:5).

    In the second place, God is longsuffering to give all a chance to retell the Old Story. God is patiently waiting for men to be saved, but how will they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:13-17). Each and every Christian is a re-teller of the Old Story. Each one who has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb has the responsibility to tell others what to do in order to be saved (Mark 16:15-16). Have you ever considered that God may be waiting and withholding His wrath until you take the notion to speak to another about salvation? Every day the world still stands is a day that must be used evangelistically. When Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, he used an expression that ought to suggest the most horrifying thing imaginable. He wrote, “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain” (2 Corinthians 6:1). Do we receive the grace of God in vain? God’s grace is received in vain if we hide it and fail to tell others of the unmerited favor of our longsuffering God.

    Truly, we are blessed to serve a God who is concerned with His creation. He desires all to be saved. He is longsuffering so that all have the chance to repent of one’s old life, and so that all have a chance to retell the old Story. Brethren, let’s busy ourselves retelling that salvation story and repenting of those sinful ways so that when the longsuffering of God runs out we will be prepared to enter heaven!

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