TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Scripture: Romans 3:21-25
Verse 25 says, “…whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,…” Mak-roth-oo-a-meh-o is the word that appears here for forbearance. Everyone needs to know that once they have been saved, God gives them the space and time to grow. He will pass over their sin and He will give them time to develop into the full measure of who He is. How reassuring to know that our Father recognizes and allows for the maturing process! The pastoral office facilitates the process. It is critical that every child of God know pastoral love. It is also foundational for our intercession for wayward people and wayward nations.