Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Rom. 2:4
Heavenly Father, for the gift of another Wednesday, we praise you; for the privilege of meditating on the Scriptures, we worship you; for the promise of daily mercies and fresh grace, we adore you.
All of these good gifts converge in this one verse from Romans. The most certifiably insane thing we do is to show contempt for the riches of your kindness, forbearance, and patience. After all, this wonderful triad of graces will only take us to the address called freedom, through the door of repentance.
Indeed, the Holy Spirit will never direct us to a destination of self-contempt or condemnation, but only to a place of greater liberty and Christlikeness. Because of Jesus’ finished work, your ongoing work in our lives—even when it hurts, Father, is so very good.
When we resist the convicting work of the Spirit and refuse to humble ourselves, we’re worse than silly; we’re lethally foolish. You give grace to the humble but resist the proud. Who in their right mind would ever want your resistance? We want grace, Father, as much as you will give us.
Thank you for leading us to humility, not to humiliation; to shelter, not to shame; to repentance, not to penance. Thank you for teaching us that repentance is collapsing on Jesus as our righteousness; not making vain promises we cannot and will not keep.
So kind Father, fill our day with the beauty of Jesus and quick repentances. As your kindness leads us to repentance, may it make us more kind like yourself. Give us more joy this week in being humbled and gladdened by the gospel than being admired, appreciated, and applauded by our peers. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.