Daily D – Romans 2:4
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? (NLT)
Or did you think that because he’s such a nice God, he’d let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.
God is kind, but he is not soft.
Eugene Peterson gifted us this paraphrase of verses 3 and 4. His clarity drives away the darkness of misunderstanding God. Take a look at the last full sentence:
In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.
Radical life change is what grace accomplishes. Grace transforms or it isn’t grace. Grace transforms or it isn’t kind.
We cannot encounter God and leave unchanged. It is perfectly impossible to believe otherwise.
Evidence of such a life-changing encounter is found in how we become more and more like God in his patience and kindness. Our Father in Heaven takes impatient, unkind people and truly transforms them into patient and kind ambassadors of grace, mercy, and peace.
How will God’s grace and kindness turn your heart toward all that is right and good today?
I will invite God to continue his work of radical life change in me.
Our Father, my life requires further renovation. Work out your radical life change in me. Fill me to overflowing with your grace and goodness, your kindness and peace. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“