2 Peter 3
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
As we have been studying the Fruit of the Spirit on Sunday mornings I have come to understand the gift of longsuffering in a new light and this verse makes that light bright. When we think of being longsuffering we think of putting up with an annoying person who is just hard to live with. Our “putting up with” has a time limit, a patience limit, and emotional limit and a love limit. We put up with that annoyance just as long as we have to and then either blow up or quit or breath a huge sigh of relief when the time comes to an end.
God’s longsuffering is so much different from our longsuffering, and I am so glad it is. For while we might practice longsuffering when we have to, God is longsuffering. God is longsuffering with humans because He wants to eternally save them from their sins. And since God’s longsuffering leads to our eternal life we have a different example to follow. God does not put up with sinners to give them a chance, no, God shows patient longsuffering with a desire to save them from eternal damnation.
Suppose you knew that the person you have to put up with was put in your path by God to show them His love, His kindness, His gentleness, His patience, in essence, His salvation. And suppose that most difficult person whom you can’t wait to get away from saw God in you and was drawn by God to eternal salvation because of your longsuffering toward them. Would your care for that difficult one have been worth it all? Of course it would. Furthermore, you would have gained an eternal brother or sister who would forever thank you for showing them the longsuffering of God.
Whom does God have in your path that He wants to show His longsuffering leading to salvation through you?
I heard a woman on the radio this morning saying that she is showing God to those around her through kindness. She feels that in this current political climate the missing element is kindness so when she shows it people will truly see God in her. What a great way to look at life.
Nancy Schmidt’s surgery got postponed again so she is now scheduled for 1:00 on Wednesday.
I am going to need some help this Sunday after church loading a truck for Sandra Smith. She is getting everything ready and is on the first floor so I think with enough people we could load the truck in two to three hours. If you have teenagers they are a great help too.
Have a great day in the Lord,