Despising His Goodness

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Romans 2:4

The Bibles tells us in this verse that “the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance.”  It also poses the hard question “…despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering?”  Both of those statements are excellent food for thought.

I think we can all agree that God has been good to us.  Just the fact that I am able to write this and you are able to read it means that God has been good to us.  And I’m sure that His blessings and goodness go far beyond that.  We have all sinned against Him.  We have all been worthy of His wrath and punishment.  And yet He is still good to us.  He continues to help us, even when we do not always do the things that please Him.  Psalm 130:3 says “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand.”  If God immediately gave us the punishment we deserve every time we sinned, there would be none of us left on the Earth.

As the verse says, He gives us riches of goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering.  And when you think about each of those things, we know that He has given us all three and given us all three in abundance.  The reason He gives us all of those things in abundance?  “…the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance.”

When we recognize God’s goodness, mercy and longsuffering in our lives, it causes us to look more closely at ourselves and see just how far short we fall.  When we see how good God is, we see how bad we are.  When we understand His mercy, we understand the things in ourselves that He must have mercy on.  Those things lead us to repent.  They lead us to change our hearts, change our attitudes and change our directions.

Let us never despise His goodness!

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