Storing up Wrath
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.
© Dr Paul Adams