God’s Patience with Us
Every Friday we receive an e-mail from one of my daughter’s teachers, Jessica Wittcop, a middle school teacher at Our Savior Lutheran Academy. The emails recap the week’s events and apprise us of what our daughter will be studying in the week ahead. Ms. Wittcop is blessed with an amazing insight into Scripture, an insight that she shares with her students daily. Her email’s always start with a meditation. This week’s message addressed God’s long-suffering patience with his children, His desire out of love to bring us to repentance, and forgiving us so that we in turn may learn to share this same love with others and learn to forgive. As Christians, we sometimes forget that repentance and forgiveness of others is a vital part of our lives. Here is how Ms. Wittcop states it:
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anything to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9
Remember, God is love. His love remains unfailing despite our numerous moments of weakness. I can’t help but be so very grateful for God’ patience with us. He knows every weakness, yet forgives us time and time again when we seek him out with repentant hearts. How many of you often find it difficult to forgive someone who has sinned against you time and time again? Or even committed the same sin against you time and time again? No need to think that God has difficulty forgiving us our sins. He looks to the cross every time we repent. He listens to Jesus pleading our case every time we come and repent. And as hard as we all know it is to go to someone and admit when we are in the wrong, God still wants us to come to Him and share with him those faults we have committed. God wants more than anything in the world to hear us repent. That’s why He remains patient with us. Because it is through Christ’s death on the cross that we are assured of our forgiveness each time we repent of our sin.