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The Patience of God.

The Patience of God.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY GEORGE BURDER

Romans ii. 4. Despiiest thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearattce, and long-suffering ; not knowing that the goodness of God Icadeth thee to repentance ?
BY GEORGE BURDER

Romans ii. 4. Despiiest thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearattce, and long-suffering ; not knowing that the goodness of God Icadeth thee to repentance ?

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THE PATIENCE OF GOD. BY GEORGE BURDER Romans ii. 4. Despiiest thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearattce, and long-suffering ; not knowing that the goodness of God Icadeth thee to repentance ? AMONG the various perfections of God, which render him infinitely worthy of our admiration and love, his Patience requires our peculiar regard, for there is not a human being upon earth who is not interested in it. God himself accounts it his glory-to exercise patience towards the children of men, for when his servant Moses desired to see his glory,God was pleased to make a solemn proclamation of his name, including this amiable perfection, " The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-sufferings and abundant in goodness and truth." His patience is his glory ; it is " a diadem belonging to the imperial crown of Heaven." He glories in it as peculiar to himself. '' I will not," saith he, " exe-cute the fierceness of my anger, for I am God, and not man ;" as if he had said, " Had 1 been man, the best and most patient man, I had destroyed them
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long ago ; but as the heavens are above the earth, so are my ways above the wa^'s of man." And it is with a design to exalt the glory of this divine at-tribute, that St. Paul, in our text, speaks of " the riches of his goodness, and forbearance, and long-suffering," together with the genuine tendency of these, which is " to lead the sinner to repentance," he bears with thee, that thou mayest prevent the VOL. III. H 74 SERMON LXXII. dreadful blow, by humbling thyself before him, and forsaking thy sins. From these words we shall take occasion to shew, that The great, holy, and just God, exercises most astonishing patience towards his sinful creatures. Patience, forbearance, long-suffering, suppose the commission of offences. If God does not speedi-ly punish the sins of men, it is not because he is not
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displeased with them. This indeed was the mistake of the Jews, to whom St. Paul speaks in our text. The goodness of God to them, made some of them think, that he would not punish the children of Abraham for their sins ; but the apostle tells them, that they formed a wrong judgment of God, whose patience was not intended to lull them asleep in se-curity, but to give them time, and space, and motive to repentance. If God does not at once execute his  judgments on wicked transgressors, it is not because he does not notice them, and hate them, and deter-mine to punish them. He who is infinitely holy, hates sin with a perfect abhorrence, of which he has given the world sufficient evidence in the numerous calamities which everywhere abound, in consequence of sin. The earth was cursed for man's sake ; it pro-duces thorns and thistles j cares, labours, and trou-bles ; sickness, sorrow, and death, to remind the children of Adam that they have sinned, and that he is displeased. The great God, seated on his eternal throne, be-holds every individual of all the millions of mankind, and none of their actions can be concealed from his
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