Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance (Romans 2:4)?God has been teaching my husband to be merciful and kind and patient in dealing with the exploits of his wife lately. A few recent, very true, examples:
- paying a large credit card bill out of the wrong account, narrowly missing a big bounce
- narrowly missing someone's mailbox, which knocked off my side mirror on my car (but didn't seem to damage the mailbox)
- and most recently, overshooting the garage and slamming into the house.
Since Terry is more financially savvy than I am and I can be more of a spender than he is, we recently went to a cash budget system at my request. This has helped me to obey his wishes on our monthly spending. Before, I would overspend "just a little" each week, often for good causes, like stocking up on a great deal at the grocery store, which ended up in a larger overage for the month. Now the law--the guidelines of the budget--has pointed to my disobedience, and led to repentence under the guidance of his kindness.
Because of the kindness, I want to please him more. I still fail, like when I crash into our house with our own car in broad daylight, but knowing that I will most likely be mercifully forgiven, I am able to own up to sin and admit that it is wrong (repent).
I am thankful that my husband is a godly man who reminds me of the attributes of God. It helps to see examples in the flesh. God is kind. He has given us the law, but He has provided a solution for us all caught in the hopelessness of sin. Because of this, I draw nearer to Him, embracing His kindness and patience and tolerance of my sin, while it paradoxically becomes more and more detestable to me as a result of His kind and complete love.
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