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Storing up Wrath

Romans 2:5-6
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God "will give to each person according to what he has done". (NIV)

Many people would agree that God is love. He therefore cannot stop loving. But at the same time God is totally opposed to sin. Those who continue in sin and refuse to repent are storing up God's wrath for themselves.

Naturally, human beings are proud and stubbornly resist the suggestion that they are wrong. But when God says we are wrong, we must repent - otherwise we will develop an unrepentant heart which will attract God's wrath. Of course, His judgement is not fully expressed now; but it will be when Jesus Christ returns. So there is still time to demolish the brick walls of pride, agree with God's verdict on our lives and repent.

Hearing the gospel, or even preaching it, is not repentance. The gospel is God's message to us, and repentance is our response to His message. No real relationship can grow if there is no response, but failing to respond to God will be met by His judgement. Therefore we need to urge ourselves, and others, not only to hear His Word but also to repent of all that is wrong in our lives and change our behaviour: because there will be no shortage of evidence if we are unrepentant and God has to bring us to judgement. So today is the day to turn around, face the facts and repent.

Righteous God. Thank You for making clear to us that the habit of stubborn unrepentance is so wrong. I am sorry when I have assumed that I don't have to repent because no judgement has already fallen on me. Help me to understand the seriousness of the return of Jesus Christ and the severity of Your anger against sin. Help me to learn the daily habit of repentance and to value the sacrifice of Jesus who died that I might be forgiven. In His Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams