God’s Loving Patience

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. -Matthew 12:36

If there is a God, He cannot let sin go unpunished. If He is really God, and the Judge of all the earth, He must have an utter abhorrence of all evil. It cannot be possible that He would think the same of the honest and the dishonest, of the moral and the immoral, of the sober and the drunken, of the truthful and the lying, of the gracious and the depraved. Such a god as that would be one whom men and women might rightly despise; but the true God, if we understand correctly who He is, must hate and abhor all sin. All evil must be utterly abhorrent to His pure and holy soul; and it is not only because He can do it, but because He must do it, that He will, one of these days, let loose the fury of His wrath against sin…This is the inevitable consequence of sin; there is nothing arbitrary about such a result. It is fixed, in the very nature of things, and every man and woman “…will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken”  and for every sinful action, they must appear before Jesus Christ—the Judge of the living and the dead…Heaven and earth will pass away, but not one jot or tittle of God’s law can pass away until it is all fulfilled, and one part of that law requires that God punish all transgression, iniquity, and sin.

…To sin against the patience of Almighty God, is to sin with a vengeance. You do, as it were, defiantly put your finger into the very eye of God when you know that He sees you sin, and yet you go on sinning because He does not immediately take vengeance upon you for all your evil deeds. It is in great love that He restrains His wrath, for He is “slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” …Do not play with that patience of God which is allowing you time to seek the salvation of your soul. ~ C.H. Spurgeon




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