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God is patient, wanting all to repent - James C. Bell

Patience is a golden virtue, an attribute greatly desired and an asset to any personality. It is one of the fruits of the Spirit, named in the Bible in Galatians 5:22.

I remember with a thankful heart the patience of my mother and father and my grandmother. I know, as I grew up, I had to try their patience multiple times, some of which resulted in corrective action. My parents knew nothing of the overused punishment of "time out," which is very popular today.

No, they used a very effective technique called "spanking," usually done with the hand, which produced a red-and-stinging sensation on a child's rear end and communicated very well their message to stop doing something.

Many parents today would never think of spanking their children, but rely on talking to them very sternly, and when this doesn't work, they go to "time out," where the child must stay until the parent decides it's "time in" again.

If your child responds to this treatment by learning to behave, fine, but if they continue to misbehave, then "time out" becomes useless and a more severe punishment must be used. In my case, it was "telling Daddy," for I knew he would use a hickory, or his belt, which I was very afraid of.

On a much higher plane, our great God has infinite patience with all His children, teaching us to love and respect Him and our brothers and sisters. He gives us instructions in His Word, the Bible, such as the Ten Commandments and many examples of how to act and not act, through the prophets.

Then, through His great love and grace, He sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to demonstrate His love and forgiveness to all mankind. Through belief in Jesus Christ, His life and death on the cross and His resurrection, we can have forgiveness of our sins and the great reward of His gift of eternal life in heaven with our Lord. This is all free to us, all it costs us is faith in Jesus, but it cost Jesus everything, even His very life! It is truly an unspeakable gift!

The Bible says in 2nd Peter 3:9, "He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." How long will God remain patient;how long will He give man chance after chance to repent of his sin and be saved to the Lord forever?

The Bible says there is coming a day, "the day of the Lord," when "the earth and everything in it will be laid bare"-totally destroyed. Before this time. comes, the church (All Christians and children under the age of accountability -- known only by the Lord) will be Raptured to meet Jesus in the air and taken to heaven, the father's house. (See 1st. Thessalonians 4: 16-18 and John 14: 1-3.)

With the church gone from the earth, Jesus' promise to the church is fulfilled. (see Revelations 3:10) and the time of Great Tribulation comes upon the earth, seven years of unspeakable horror and punishment on the unsaved people of the earth (see revelations, chapters 4-18) in hopes that some will repent and come to Jesus.

At the end of this seven-year period, Jesus comes at the Glorious Appearing, completely conquering Satan and all his forces and brings in the 1,000-year reign of Christ with His Church-all the Saints who believed in Him and repented of their sins and put their faith in Him.

This will be a glorious time of unspeakable joy for all the Saints of God!

Will you be counted among the Saints of God, or thrown into the lake of fire, where the devil and his angels are to be tormented day and night forever?

Please take this warning seriously, because it is the truth of God! (See Revelations 20:7-14) Today, you still have time, you can repent of your sins. Ask God to forgive you and save you from this horrible Tribulation period and the great-white-throne judgment.

Or you can just keep refusing to believe, and miss the glory and joy of the Lord's heaven. Why not put your faith in Jesus this Sunday at the church of your choice?