Ooops…for got to post this on Friday!

Friday, March 10

Continue in God’s kindness

Scripture: Romans 11

Romans 11:22 Notice therefore the kindness and harshness of God—harshness toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness toward you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.

Observation

Romans 9-11 are Paul’s treatment of Israel’s relation to God and the gospel. People often focus on the sovereignty of God expressed here. However, there are many verses in these chapters, such as this one, that focus on the human response.

God was harsh (or stern) with those who fell (in this case, unbelieving Israel), but “kind toward you”—the Gentiles who trusted Jesus. One proviso: we must continue in his kindness. If we stop trusting as Israel did, we will be cut off as they were. 

It’s a serious warning…and I want to take it seriously. But I want to focus on the solution: continue in God’s kindness. 

Application

The word “kindness” translates the Greek chrestotes which means “the quality of being helpful or beneficial: goodness, kindness, generosity.” 

As I look back on my life, on the 58 years I’ve spent with the Lord, I see his goodness, kindness and generosity overflowing toward me. This doesn’t mean there hasn’t been hardship, hurt and disappointment—no one escapes those. But even in the midst of the difficulties, God has been good to me. Kind.

Why wouldn’t I continue in his kindness? It would be crazy to leave.

When Jesus asked, “Will you leave too?” Peter replied, “Lord, where would you go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:67-68)

Of course I’ll continue in his kindness. Where else would I go?

God is good all the time; all the time God is good.

Prayer: Lord, I love you and I’m so grateful for your kindness, goodness, and generosity in my life. I owe you everything. I’m sticking with you!

More: Numbers 19-20, Psalm 30, Matthew 10