Riches of His Kindness [Romans 2]

4Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

Paul began Romans with the gospel message at the beginning of chapter one followed by a greeting to the Roman church. Then, in the rest of chapter one through most of three, he made the case that we are all sinners and every one of us deserves God's judgment. Therefore, today in chapter two we are in the middle of Paul's discussion on why we are all condemned, whether we are Jews or Gentiles. However, in the middle of seeing how two-faced we are in saying one thing and doing another, Paul cracked open a door that enables us to begin to see the light that shows a way out of the condemnation we deserve. "God's kindness leads you (us) to repentance" because God is rich in kindness, tolerance and patience. Clearly, we have a problem called sin, but God has a solution called Jesus because He is rich in kindness. Keep that is mind as you continue reading through the first part of chapter three and then look forward to Paul's fuller explanation of God's solution to our sin problem from the end of three through chapter 5.

God we praise You for Your kindness that leads us to repentance. You are rich in kindness, tolerance and patience. Cause us to keep our eyes on You and Your solution to our sin problem, our precious Jesus.
Beth Warlick, 7/13/2009