The Lord is Merciful, but He Cannot Have Unlimited Patience for Those Who Willfully Don’t Obey / Love Him

The holiness of God is without question. He is perfectly faithful, truthful, wise, righteous, and loving. These are only some of His holy characteristics. He is God, our Creator. And He is all-powerful and sovereign over all creation. He is merciful in that He will allow us to make mistakes and give us an opportunity, or even more than one opportunity, to repent to Him with our heart (that is truly grieving that we have sinned against our holy God, and not just regretting the consequences of our sin). He will even help us to repent if we ask Him to give us that heart attitude towards Him. But, I don’t believe He will give us unlimited opportunities to repent before He either chastises us or even allows death to a believer to keep His Church pure. So, please be in a relationship with Him, as He desires to be with each of His children, to not let this happen with our loving Father. He is holy. It is best to obey Him.

I learned this by asking God’s Holy Spirit to help me understand His words He recorded in our Bible. I was reading 1 Samuel, chapters 12-15, when it became clearer to me that God told Saul, Israel’s first king, that he must obey God in order to continue to be blessed by God. Saul did obey God initially, but then faltered and disobeyed God multiple times with God warning him again to obey Him. Eventually, God in his holiness could no longer accept Saul’s disobedience and the excuses he made for it. God knew Saul’s heart and that he was not repenting for disobeying God, who created him and gave him everything he had, including his kingship over Israel. Instead, Saul was only thinking of himself, his reputation, essentially idolizing himself and not gratefully obeying God who loves him and gave him life and blessings. Eventually, Saul lost his kingship and died. Other verses addressing God’s treatment of sin include 1 John 5:16-17, Acts 5:1-11, 1 Cor 5:5 and 11:30.

Lastly, “holy” means separate, or a “cut apart.”  And to be separate or different from something else, there has to be distinction. God has to distinguish clearly for us His holiness by expecting us to obey Him in order for us to be like Him. When we obey God with the help of His Holy Spirit, which He gives us when He saves us, we then begin to understand God and develop a deeper, loving relationship with Him. God tells us to be holy, because He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). God tells us if we love Him, we will obey His commandments (John 14:15). God is love (1 John 4:8) and He sent Jesus, His Son, so that we could have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). Therefore, He cannot allow unrepentant and willful disobedience from His children, but, as in any true relationship, only respect and sincere love. God, in His holiness, must address our sin out of His love for us and our good. God is love, and the journey with Him is beautiful!

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