Romans 2

Bible opened to Romans 2 with chocolate mocha coffee and bowl of wheaties

Today’s Passage: Romans 2
Today’s Chocolate: Mocha (Swiss Miss mix + Folgers Instant Coffee)

Romans 2 helps put Romans 1 in context. As I understand him, Paul is saying that his purpose earlier wasn’t to point out particular sins such as faithlessness, but to show that everyone’s guilty of something. We can judge each other for this or that, but we’ve all got something that others could judge us for too. And God would be justified in judging all of us.

Let’s zero in on verses 4-5 today:

4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath…

These verses stuck out to me because the kindness of God in some cases does not lead us to repentance. And I think Paul is aware of this, because if the kindness of God always, infallibly led us to repentance, then it would follow that some do not receive God’s kindness, instead receiving nothing but his wrath, a la Calvinism: irresistible grace. I personally think that God extends forgiveness to everyone, but gives us the freedom to accept the gift or reject it. But it’s still a hard pill to swallow, the idea that God gives us all enough rope to hang ourselves.

Verses 14-15 have been recurring favorites of mine. Their truth seems to me to be borne out in reality: that God has given us all some conscience of sorts, which tells us in broad terms what constitutes good behavior. Of course, because we want to believe that we’re good people, we’re often ready to call our own evil actions “good” and thereby distort our consciences. Everyone has a damaged moral compass. But it still points in the general direction of north, if not directly.

Today’s chocolate is a mocha: one teaspoon instant coffee and two tablespoons hot chocolate mix. I accidentally bought the kind with mini marshmallows, so I guess I get creamer built in once I stir it.

What will I do for chocolate tomorrow? Will I have another mocha?

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