God's Longsuffering

by John Henson
patience55.jpgOne of the great attributes of God, which is often less explored, is his longsuffering or patience with people.
True, God has released his anger on those who are disobedient, but not before he had given them every chance to turn from their sins and repent.
In fact, there have been times when people questioned God about why he would not send his punishment. After Jonah was creatively convinced to do what he was told, he went to Nineveh and said, “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown,” (Jonah 3:4 NASB).
Jonah wanted Nineveh’s destruction and was angered when God changed his mind because the people, led by the king, repented. In addressing God, Jonah told the truth about God’s longsuffering and said, “for I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity,” (Jonah 4:2b NASB).
Why does God allow the sinful to remain on the earth? Because it may be that some may repent and turn. The Apostle Peter wrote, “The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance,” (2 Peter 3:9 NASB).

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