3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?
4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed.
Verse three above is rhetorical in nature as of course you will not escape God’s judgment for doing the same things you pass judgment against others for doing. The reason you will not escape God’s judgment is given in the next verse. You, in judging others for what you yourself do show actual contempt for God’s kindness, forbearance and patience.
The purpose of His kindness is not to lead you to judge others for what you do yourself, but to lead you to repentance. What is repentance? Some synonyms are regret, sorrow, remorse, penitence, atonement, but a definition from the Encarta Dictionary is to feel regret about a sin or past actions and change your ways or habits. So repentance not only includes feelings and acknowledgements of wrong, but action – a changing of your ways or habits.
What happens if you are stubborn and your heart is unrepentant. You have no regret, nor any intention on changing your ways or habits, what happens then? You store up God’s wrath against yourself. God’s wrath is not something any being should desire.
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness
Anyone judging others for what they themselves are doing is suppressing the truth by their wickedness. However, it does not have to be this way
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:9
The last mention of wrath in the New Testament is from John in Revelation 19 where John sees
15 Coming out of His mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”
He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On His robe and on His thigh he has this name written:
king of kings and lord of lords.
All due to unrepentant hearts.
We would do well to examine our own hearts and determine if they are repentant or unrepentant. Our eternity depends on the results of this examination and if we let our hearts remain unrepentant. Do we really want to store up God’s wrath against us? Of course we don’t, but are we willing to make the necessary changes in our lives? That is the question and the answer determines our eternal resting place.
It’s Monday and it is my hope and prayer you will deal with this question and answer in your life. I know I am dealing with it in my own life.