“Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.” (Romans 2:4–5, NIV 1984).
My Musings – God’s mercy and grace are reserved for the penitent. For those feeling or showing sorrow and regret for their sinfulness. Because it is impossible for the impenitent, those with no sorrow or regret, to receive mercy and grace. His “kindness, tolerance and patience” are intended to lead us to repentance. When we stubbornly refuse to repent, we are showing “contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience.” What riches you might ask? Nothing less than the blood of His only Son Jesus, shed on the cross for you and me, so that we do not store up “wrath” and “righteous judgment.” Nothing could be more costly to God than this. He bankrupted Heaven to provide a remedy for our sins.
My Advice – Do we not realize that His “kindness, tolerance and patience” has an expiration date? If not acted upon in this lifetime, the offer is null and void, leaving only “wrath” and “righteous judgment.” But if accepted during this lifetime, His mercy and grace will never expire. Extending throughout all eternity. There is a sense of urgency here, for we do not know when His “righteous judgment will be revealed” by calling us out of this world and before His judgment seat. If that call came today, how would you stand before Him, accused or excused?