by pastor david
“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”
Did you ever ask a child why he did something he should not have done? His reply is usually, “I don’t know” or he simply shrugs his shoulders and gives you that bewildered look.
When you ask a believer why he did something he should not have done, he cannot say, “I don’t know”. He knows why or at least he would know why, if he thought about it for a few moments
The reason the believer sins is because he is selfish. He is thinking only about himself and his pleasure. He is giving no thought to the pain his behavior will cause others or how his misdeeds will break the heart of our Savior who died for him and for his sins.
The text above reveals one of the ways God deals with His children. When we think about how good God is to us, it should lead us to abandon our sins and to determine not to return to them. That is true repentance.
Sometimes difficulties cause us to repent of our sins. When we begin to reap the consequences of our wrongdoing, we are prone to turn from our sin.
But would it not be so much easier on our families and us if we responded to the goodness of God, instead of waiting until God had to discipline us?
Too often we force God to work in our lives in drastic ways instead of responding to His goodness and grace in our lives.
This stubborn response reveals the ingratitude of our sin. We sin because we are not appreciative of all God has done and is doing in our lives. If we could only see all He does for us, all the things from which He protects, all the things He provides for us, and all great things He has planned for us, we would, from a heart of true gratitude, live in such a way as to please Him.
It is the epitome of thanklessness to disgrace the Name of our Lord Jesus by our deliberate and disgraceful sin.
I am thankful today for God’s goodness! If we simply keep Christ and His goodness and grace in our minds when we are tempted to sin, we will be much more successful in saying no to temptation and will enjoy sweet fellowship with our Lord.
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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