The wrath of God not a knee jerk reaction. It is revealed for the purposes of producing repentance. Often, the wrath of God is letting you have giving you over to what you wanted more than Him.
He will hold on as long as possible, knowing there are very real consequences of sin. But God cannot and will not override our free will. The Father, unfortunately, has to let go.
And then what?
Consider the heart of Jesus, who receives sinners and eats with them (Luke 15:1-2). The religious rulers saw this as an affront. From their point of view, Jesus was spending time with people who deserve God’s wrath.
And yet, these religious rulers didn’t understand the true nature and character of God. They didn’t comprehend that they were sinners too—just as much in need of a Savior. To help them, Jesus told three parables to illustrate the true nature and character the true heart of God towards sinners (Luke 15:4-32).
And after each parable, Jesus reveals the joy God has for a sinner who repents. This is God’s heart towards every one of us because all of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
This is so important to remember as we work our way through Romans 1. Whether we are overtly immoral, intentionally moral, or really religious, we are all sinners. So we all need to repent. Just turn around and come home, like the prodigal son.
And as we do, we’ll find a Father rushing to welcome us and ready to receive us.
Have you repented? Have you retuned? You can right now. Just acknowledge that you have sinned. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent). Then believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
You can ask Jesus to become the Lord of your life by praying a prayer like this:
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name, Amen.
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