THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Scripture: Romans 2:1-4
Romans 2:1-4 states, “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” Once again we see Jesus in action, demanding that every single one of us sow the same measure of forbearance to others as we want from God ourselves. If we want God to be longsuffering and to forbear in our lives, we are required to sow longsuffering and forbearance to others. The best way to grow in pastoral forbearance is to demonstrate it because we know we need it ourselves.