I want to add something new to my blog post (below) from a couple of days ago.
There are circumstances in our families that we have grieved over (some of us) for years. We pray, but eventually we look at them and JUDGE them as impossible. Am I correct?
Disease, addictions, broken relationships, infertility, poverty, despair, rejection of the Gospel.
So in judging these impossible, do we, “…despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4 NKJV)
Beloved, judgment does not always have to do with seeing ourselves as righteous in comparison to others, but in rendering the goodness of God powerless in the light of what we see as impossible.
It was, after all, His goodness that brought me to His loving arms. And has kept me, in spite of my many poor life choices.
I was informed a couple of days ago that the lotteryf Power Ball is (was) 9million and today as I write it is up over a billion (yes, with a “B”). That is a lot of money and yes, we purchased a ticket and will probably get one tomorrow…
The day before I was told about the Powerball I starting reading Paul’s letter to Rome again. It is my current favorite book.
A couple of weeks ago our pastor challenged us to find a personal scripture for the year. I prayed and asked for one.
Chapter one was mostly about the normal activity of the culture of the day (perhaps our current culture). Then it appears Paul starts addressing the Jewish believers in Rome for their judgment of the new Roman gentile believers.
This has basically been my stance with my judgment of my fellow man or my fellow believers. The word of God is the truth and my activities and your activities as related to it is between me and God and you and God.
I am certainly available to discuss His word lovingly when and where necessary with other believers. If I am in need of correction, I am open to it from God (Who is going to correct His children) and from other believers whom I respect.
I do not believe the Word of God should be used as the plumb line for non-believers. The Word of God is not relevant to a non-believer, is it? Is it my place to quote the Word of God unless asked? And if asked, I can only tell them of the riches of His GOODNESS.
So, in the process of reading the first chapter onto the second, one line took my breath away…do you despise the RICHES of His goodness…
. . .And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2:3-4 NKJV)
Despise is a strong word. Do I despise His goodness? It is, after all, the goodness, mercy, acceptance that brought me and daily brings me to repentance.
THIS will be my scripture for the year of 2016. May I not forget it in the daily dealings with the woman in the mirror and the people I meet that so desperately need the riches of His Goodness…
I found 10 more references to His Riches in short order and have listed them below.
Perhaps I won’t win that Powerball, but true riches are mine for now and forever more. Amen
Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had *prepared beforehand for glory, (Romans 9:21-23 NKJV)
Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! (Romans 11:33 NLT)
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. (Ephesians 1:7 NLT)
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called – his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. (Ephesians 1:18 NLT)
So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:7 NLT)
Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures (riches) available to them in Christ. (Ephesians 3:8 NLT)
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. (Ephesians 3:16 NLT)
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NLT)
For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. (Colossians 1:27 NLT)
I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. (Colossians 2:2 NLT)
*all converts to Christianity