Treasures of Wrath

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and lonsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds

Romans 2:4-6

Treasures are usually good things.  As children (and maybe as adults), we have probably all had some kind of daydream of finding some form of treasure.  But this passage talks about a different kind of treasure.  After talking about the goodness and forbearance and longsuffering of the Lord leading us to repentance in verse 4, verse 5 gives us the other side of the coin.

“But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath…”  If we despise the goodness and mercy of God and refuse to change our ways and repent, then we find ourselves going this direction and treasuring up wrath.  I have dreamed about finding and getting many treasures, but the wrath of God is definitely not one of them.  But that is exactly what we are doing when we harden our hearts and refuse to repent.  When we reject God’s goodness and mercy, we begin to accumulate His wrath.

That is a scary thought.  None us wants to fall under the wrath of God.  None of us wants to receive wrath instead of reward at the judgment seat of Christ.  None of us wants to treasure up wrath.

Fortunately, it is easy to avoid.  We need to live in verse 4 and not verse 5.  We need to recognize God’s goodness and repent.  We need to do our best to walk with the Lord and stay close to Him.  Then we will avoid treasuring up wrath, which none us want to do!

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