As my husband and I were showering and dressing one morning, the kids were busy running in and out of the house. I keep the chime feature activated on our alarm system so I’m alerted when a door opens. This particular morning the “alarm lady” was very busy saying, “sliding door” in her calm beautiful British accent every few minutes. I don’t know what the kids were doing, but they were in and out so much it quickly became a joke. My husband said, “Do you think she ever gets tired of saying that?” “No, she never even gets angry or raises her voice” I responded.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 1:11
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, Exodus 34:6
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Psalm 145:8
Praise the Lord we have a patient God. Let’s be honest, if He wasn’t we would all be in a heap of trouble. I have days when I struggle with worldly desires all day long and I just have to ask forgiveness and hand it over multiple times in one day – sometimes hourly! I’m sure God feels like the “alarm lady” most days. I open the door to sin & ask forgiveness – He replies “you are forgiven”. I’m so thankful He never tires or grows weary of my desire to come to Him, seek Him for forgiveness and His power and courage to get out there and do a better job the next time.
However, like the child who knows how to manipulate their parents and talk them out of punishment, we must be careful not to take God’s patience, grace and forgiveness for granted. God is “great in power” and holds us accountable for our actions! Notice the Bible says, “He is slow to anger”. It doesn’t say He never gets angry. The old saying about not asking permission, but asking for forgiveness doesn’t get us very far when trying to lead a Christian life. If we truly believe in Jesus and the Word of God our hearts and minds begin to change in ways we would never have imagined. Please understand, I’m not saying once we believe in God we will never sin again, or be tempted by sin or mess up BIG TIME. We are human after all and always have that potential. What I am saying, is that when we seek God with an earnest plea for forgiveness He will forgive, but when we use His forgiveness as an excuse to sin it’s time to sound the alarm and check our hearts.
The LORD is slow to anger but great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. Nahum 1:3
To go deeper this week, Read Paul and Timothy’s prayer in its entirety in Colossians 1:3-4.