WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Scripture: Romans 3:26
Romans 3:26 says one of the purposes of forbearance is “…to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Pastoral forbearance demonstrates that not only can God forgive sin but He demonstrates how He justifies those who are His. The receiving of His forbearance is justified by the caliber of people they develop into and the character they exhibit. Just because they have had failure in the past does not mean they are doomed to a lifetime of failure. God is their Justifier and He gives them the space they need to grow up. Pastoral forbearance is an awesome gift and one that you and I need to demonstrate consistently wherever we go – when we are dealing with issues of individuals or issues concerning our nation. Forbearance is one of God’s greatest gifts – it enables us to become overcomers by guaranteeing the needed time to develop!