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Daily Encouragement from Trinity Vineyard Church

God Is Patient

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

Have you ever lost your patience? Waiting in a fast food line for an extended period of time has a way of testing your capacity to embrace patience. In our instant gratification saturated society, we just don’t wait well. Our lifestyles have been conditioned through advancing technology to expect everything to come to fruition in a matter of seconds.

Aren’t you thankful that God is patient with us? God has graciously given us time to respond to His love. God has been patient with us in the process of our spiritual development. In the midst of our sins God patiently conforms us into the image of Christ. God forgives us of our sins and cleanses us of our unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
The heart of God is for everyone to come into a vibrant love relationship with Him through Jesus. God wants everyone to come to repentance. Yet, God has given us the freedom to choose Him or to reject Him. God did not create us to be robotic, but rather to be relational.

Will some perish and experience eternal separation from God? Yes! Those who fail to confess Jesus as Lord and believe in their heart that God raised Jesus from the dead (Rom. 10:9-10). God has provided the way for those who believe in Jesus to not perish (John 3:16).

Will you invest the rest of your life helping others come into a growing relationship with Jesus? Remember to be patient with others just as God has been patient with you.

Ordonex Laso. September 10, 2020

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