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The kindness of God and the danger of unbelief

Romans 11:21-22

Godís kindness cannot fail (Lamentations 3:22-23). However, a person can refuse to accept Godís kindness to him. A person can refuse to believe Godís promises, and instead choose to believe the devilís lies. We call that attitude Ďunbeliefí (11:20). It is the opposite of faith (belief and trust in God).

Every Christian sometimes fails to believe God. However, God knows our weakness and he cares about us (Hebrews 4:15). The Bible compares him to a shepherd, a person who looks after sheep (Psalm 23:1; Psalm 119:176). God will make the most extraordinary efforts to bring his people back into a right relationship with him (Matthew 18:12-14). Then he teaches his people to live in the way that pleases him (Hebrews 12:5-11).

Our knowledge of Godís kindness must not cause us to become careless about unbelief. Rather, we should care very much about the damage that this evil attitude can cause to our relationship with God (Hebrews 3:12). We must not allow an attitude of unbelief to control our lives.

Paul makes a statement in Romans 11:21-22 that many Christians will find hard to accept. Christians do not have more security in their relationship with God than the Jews (Israelís people) have. Some Jews, because of their attitude of unbelief, will not gain any benefit from Godís promises to Israel (9:6). However, Godís promises to their nation, Israel, continue (11:26). In the same way, some people who consider themselves Christians, will have no part in Godís plans for his people. However, their unbelief cannot destroy the wonderful plans that God has for his people (8:28-39).

Next part: God is able to bring Israel's people back to himself (Romans 11:23-24)

 

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