I am merciful, says the Lord; I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt, that you have rebelled against the Lord your God.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.
One of the “Painted Churches” near Schulenburg, Texas
Some things are easy to do: Saying thanks to God in times of plenty for his blessings and gifts; Doing a good deed for a nice person whom we know and like; Forgiving a friend who is genuinely sorry and aware of how he has hurt you; Acknowledging God’s awesome majestic glory at the site of a beautiful sunset: these are all easy to do.
But what about the not-so-nice neighbor who is in need? What of forgiving a close family member who never admits her wrong? In times of scarcity and suffering, thanking God is not so easy. We are more inclined to fret and complain.
God stands as a stark contrast to our situationally-based thankfulness, forgiveness, kindness, and mercy. For him it is not a matter of coming through when the path is easy or forgiving only the sincerely sorry. God showers blessings on the just and the unjust. Even while we were sinners, Christ died for us.
But God has a hope deep in his being. He is yearning and hoping that you and I will acknowledge our guilt, confess our sins, repent and believe the Good News of his grace and love. Nothing else will satisfy him. We can never do enough to make up for our sins, repay him for his mercy and benefits. We can only repent, believe, and praise his holy name.
God is patient. He delights in our repentance and rejoices when one sinner repents. When we sing the songs of redemption that is music to his ears!