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Makrothumeo (mak-roth-oo-meh’-o) by John-David

January 23, 2009

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent. 2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)

I treasure being a parent. Not only for the natural joys that it cultivates, but because it provides a deeper perspective of my relationship with the LORD. Take for example this verse from 2 Peter. The word patient is the translated Greek word “makrothumeo,” meaning “not to lose heart” or “to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others.” There are times as parents when we provide numerous opportunities for our children to do the right thing. We know that if they don’t, the type of consequences they will incur: taking priveleges away, timeout, or even a spanking (yes, I do spank my boys). So we remind them again and again of what they should do, bearing their offense until they make the right choice.

Can you grasp the picture? Father does not loose heart when we fall short of His glory. He gives us time to make the right choice, for our own sake, because He knows the type of consequence we will incur if we don’t. So rejoice! If you have a loved one that has not accepted Christ’s sacrifice for his or her sins, there is still time. Let us continue to pray that the LORD tarries His return so as many as can will repent from their ways!

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