The good news is that God does not want anyone to lose his or her soul. He “is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9, NASB). The key word in this verse is “repentance.” It denotes a godly sorrow that brings about the turning of one’s heart to God. That’s what He requires from each of us.
Since the days of the apostles, the church has been talking about the return of the Lord. This long duration of time leads some to think that all the talk about the Lord’s return is just talk. But the delay of His return is primarily a reflection of God’s patience toward us. He doesn’t want anyone to perish. He wants everyone everywhere to come to repentance.
Based on the verse above, each person has only two choices. One is to perish. The other is to repent. Of course, God’s desire is that all choose the latter.
Some believe that some people don’t have a choice. They argue that some have been preordained to damnation, and there is nothing they can do to change that. But the verse quoted above says otherwise. God wants NONE to perish and ALL to come to repentance. To this end, He sent His Son to die for all.
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[Meditational Thought: God’s patience reflects His love for the lost.]