“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” (2 Peter 3:9, KJV). God’s patience is legendary, above and beyond anything we see in humanity; a Divine munificence. The misunderstanding, however, we must avoid is believing that this generous overlooking of the “human condition” is infinite, that there is no accounting, no recompense, no answering for words and deeds. The Bible teaches that God’s patience does indeed have a limit. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10, KJV). That being the case, we must prepare for a reckoning.

Now, this would be a scary proposition and would consign humanity to a life of dread or cynicism were it not for the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ. For, if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7, KJV). What a relief: to know that our slips and foibles, which are admittedly too frequent, will not summarily consign us to a Devil’s Hell. We are allowed a learning curve. God wants us to do better and has the abundant patience to tolerate our mistakes and missteps.

God’s patience is available right now but it is not unending; we should not think that we can take advantage of His tolerance. Contrariwise, we should, we must, submit ourselves “with the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26) or we cannot honestly hope for leniency and forgiveness. With the knowledge of God’s desire for us to be saved and His enduring patience, why would anyone delay? Why risk being unprepared. And, why not live the abundant life, walking in the light, with no fear of judgment because we have cleansing in the blood of Christ.

Jeff Sweeten