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No Favorites With God

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No Favorites With God

Noel Heikkinen

Romans 2:1-11

When we read about sin in the Bible, we may react with a “how dare you God,” or with an arrogant “amen,” or simply carry on with what we know to be wrong. How do you respond to sin being called out as sin? Pastor Noel Jesse Heikkinen reminds us that we are all in this mess of sin together, yet God looks at us with kindness, patience, and restraint. As followers of Jesus, we respond to His kindness with repentance.

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Although they know God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die—they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them.
Romans 1:32

Therefore, every one of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth. Do you think—anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same—that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Because of your hardened and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed. He will repay each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality; but wrath and anger to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth while obeying unrighteousness. There will be affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For there is no favoritism with God.
Romans 2:1-11