2 Peter 3 MSG:
8-9 Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.
1 Corinthians 13:8-10 MSG:
8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
This quote reminds me that I have a job to do and that job is to be full of grace. To exemplify the grace of God so that what is invisible to human sight is manifest and visible through me. These two verses in Scripture clue me in about this grace. Jesus is coming back one day. He is coming back for those who love him and have accepted His grace. As much as He is probably eager for that day and longs to finally be reunited with us, His children, He holds back–for the sake of those who haven’t accepted Him yet.
And so that becomes the challenge. To hold back. Instead of judging, or writing someone off, or giving up we should magnify God’s grace by walking this out. For the sake of those who haven’t accepted Him yet.
The second verse is powerful from the start. LOVE NEVER DIES. We should be endless in our love. Who cares at the end of the day what wonderful speeches we gave, what sermons we heard, what spiritual gifts we had, etc. Ultimately we only know a fraction of the truth and fullness of God–and that will only happen when Jesus comes back. Even though we live incomplete in our human shortcomings we still need to walk around with the motto “love never dies”. Grace never dies.
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