Take God for granted? – Romans 2:4 | 2-minute daily bible meditation


In Romans 2:4, Paul asks us if we’re taking advantage of God’s mercy.

Romans 2:4
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Today, let’s take a look at Romans 2 verse 4. Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

Now, if you’ve been in this world for any time at all, you might notice that when you do something wrong, you aren’t immediately struck by a bolt of lightning. And this can lead us into a false sense of security, can’t it? We can actually get away with things, so it seems to us, because God is kind to us. Because he forbears, because he doesn’t immediately punish us.

And that can lead us to presume on the riches of God’s kindness. We go along in our lives disregarding his holiness because there don’t seem to be any consequences. But we miss the point. The point is that that kindness gives us room, gives us space, gives us appreciation and gratitude to draw us to repentance.

We see our own lives falling short of God’s standards. We see that God has allowed us to continue living, nevertheless, and we say, I’m so sorry, God. It’s the kindness of God. Not his harshness, not his judgment, not his anger, it’s his kindness that leads us to repentance.

That’s why we love him. That’s why we repent. And that’s why we turn from our ways to his.

Thank you, Lord, for your infinite kindness towards us. You are so good to us. We turn again, God, from our own ways, our own purposes, and we turn into the path that Jesus laid out for us . The path of service, the path of holiness and righteousness, the path of obedience, and the path of love. Amen.

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