I love to hear the stories of how people come to know the Lord. We all have different stories. Some are dramatic and some more simple and ordinary. Some people come to know Jesus at such a young age they feel like they have always known Christ and believed in Him. Some people, like me, come to submit their lives to Jesus Christ as adults. Did you ever think of how all of us… different people, different ages, different cultures, different races, different life experience all come to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ? Let’s look at what draws us to know and love the Lord…
Last week we talked about HOW ALL PEOPLE KNOW THERE IS A GOD. This week’s post dovetails perfectly into last’s.
As many of you know, I’m in a Bible Study that is studying Romans right now. There are so many weighty Christian topics discussed in this amazing book! Romans tackles huge doctrinal subjects as sin, judgement, saving belief, grace, peace, sanctification, covenant, baptism, circumcision, election, the Jewish nation’s destiny, the Gentile nation’s destiny, Christian behavior and so much more! It is a book all believers should study in depth!
Tucked in chapter two is this precious nugget of truth:
OR DO YOU THINK LIGHTLY ABOUT THE RICHES OF HIS KINDNESS AND TOLERANCE AND PATIENCE, NOT KNOWING THAT THE KINDNESS OF GOD LEADS TO REPENTANCE? Romans 2:4
It is the KINDNESS of God that leads us to a changed heart and a change of our “inner man”. Our heart is our thoughts, will, emotion, intellect and character!
I find this so so beautiful. It’s not the threat of hell and damnation or personal correction or anything we do or say that leads people to believe, it is God’s wonderful kindness!
Romans also says,
FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD.
Romans 10:17 says that people need to hear the good new of Jesus Christ to believe. And the message of the gospel is literally “good news”.
These two verses are galvanized, link together, in the most beautiful way. When we hear (or read) about what God has done for us because of His kindness we can make the choice to believe. That is exactly how I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior! It was when I heard and understood just the smallest truth of the gospel I saw the goodness and love and kindness of God and that is exactly what lead me to repentance!
It is what leads everyone to Jesus! God’s kindness in what He has done for us is astonishing! Romans 5:8 says
BUT GOD SHOWS HIS OWN LOVE FOR US IN THIS: THAT WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS CHRIST DIED FOR US.
God loves us so much He sent Jesus to “die for you and me”. And he sacrificed His very own Son while we were enemies of God!
FOR IF, WHILE WE WERE GOD’S ENEMIES WE WERE RECONCILED TO HIM THROUGH THE DEATH OF HIS SON, HOW MUCH MORE, HAVING BEEN RECONCILED , SHALL WE BE SAVED THROUGH HIS LIFE. Romans 5:10
This is the kindness of God!
And God waits with patience and forbearance for us to come to Him and believe! God’s kindness is limitless. No matter who we are and what we have done God is waiting for you and me. He is offering forgiveness and reconciliation! He wants to lovingly adopt us as His son or daughter. He wants you and me to live with Him for eternity.
GOD DECIDED IN ADVANCE TO ADOPT US INTO HIS OWN FAMILY BY BRINGING US TO HIMSELF THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. THIS IS WHAT HE WANTED TO DO AND IT GAVE HIM GREAT PLEASURE. Ephesians 1:5
God is so gracious and kind and loving. It gives Him great pleasure to have us in His family!
We are drawn to God by His boundless kindness and come to the saving grace of Jesus when we hear about His love and kindness for us!
How about you? Have you heard about the kindness of the Lord? You might want to read WHAT DOES FAITH MEAN… SAVING FAITH?
This week’s memorization verse is: