October 6, 2018
Romans 2:3&4… Do you suppose, oh 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, forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
Chapter 1 ends with a list of evil actions that are common to men. Paul refers back to that list… “such things”. This reminds me of a phenomenon that I have written about before: It is really sad when we “get away” with doing something we aren’t supposed to. When we exceed the speed limit on a section of highway, we are pleased if we don’t get caught. If we are caught, we are upset. That is most unfortunate because we decide that the real issue is getting caught. We no longer view the action as bad; we just view getting caught as bad. God knows all things. There is nothing He is not aware of. He knows when we sin; He doesn’t always immediately discipline us. His kindness toward us is not an indication of tolerance; it is His kindness and forbearance; He is leading us to repent. Or, He is waiting for us to repent. When you get caught in sin and feel remorse, repent. David gave us an example.
Psalms 51:1-2… Have mercy on me, oh God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy, blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sins.
Study Bibles let us know that this was the psalm David wrote after the prophet told him God was aware of his sin with Bathsheba. Notice, he was not making excuses; he was pleading for mercy. He knew God. When you are caught, don’t make excuses; seek forgiveness. Be thankful when you are caught by God and not the public. But don’t make the mistake of thinking you “got away with it.” Another problem in the church is thinking, “As long as certain people don’t know, I am good.” People can make your life miserable, but mostly they can’t destroy you. God can! Don’t fear what people might think; fear God.
Don’t fear Him as someone who has a gun to your head; Fear Him as someone who can put you away from Himself forever. That is hell… life apart from God.
Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” He spoke of heaven… life with God.