Today’s Verse, 2 Peter 3:15
Thursday, October 5, 2017
And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him.
2 Peter 3:15
Reflections on Today’s Verse
Peter is giving an important truth that we need to let sink into our hearts and minds. This truth should govern every aspect of our present life and needs to dominate our thinking.
“Count the patience of our Lord as salvation.”
Truth is a priority of the Lord. When the timing of the Lord’s return seems so far, or when it seems like he will never come, or when it seems like the false teachers and scoffers of chapter two are correct, remember: Many of the things that seem to contradict God’s goodness will actually prove to be conduits of his grace. Patience! God’s patience is inexhaustible. So thankful, aren’t you?
The fact that God has not returned yet to judge the world, destroy the world, or setup his new creation shows his patience, perseverance, loving-kindness, and grace. God’s patience is salvation to the lost—providing more time to repent and believe the Gospel. God will call all of his elect home (2 Pet. 3:9).
But God’s patience is also salvation to his lambs. Christian, don’t be in such a hurry for heaven because God has given us time here to prepare for eternity. You have salvation from the power of sin and the pleasure of sin. Prepare for heaven now as you wait until you die or he returns!
Shock someone today with the unlimited patience of God, his great love for sinners, and his big, wide-welcoming heart. God is faithful in wisdom, holiness, patience and grace. Now go out and live like you really believe it.
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Father, for your great patience and forbearance with us today, we thank you. For our lack of the same toward other people in our lives, forgive us. We do count your patience as our salvation. Father, we know that you should have locked us all up, so to speak, and thrown at the key. We don’t deserve one lick of your grace. Yet, at just the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. You are amazing and awesome. Thank you, Lord! In Jesus’ name. Amen.