A Kindness That Leads To Repentance

Oleh itu, sahabatku, siapakah kamu sehingga mahu menyalahkan orang lain? Kamu sama sekali tidak mempunyai dalih untuk membela diri. Hal itu demikian, kerana apabila kamu menyalahkan orang lain, lalu kamu sendiri melakukan perbuatan yang sama, kamu menjatuhkan hukuman kepada diri kamu sendiri. (Roma 2:1, Alkitab Berita Baik)

Therefore you have no excuse or defense or justification, O man, whoever you are who judges and condemns one another. For in posing as judge and passing sentence on another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge are habitually practicing the very same things [that you censure and denounce]. (Romans 2:1, AMPC)

Romans 1 ends by telling you that the world is a crappy, fallen, sinful place. Instead of placating you, Chapter 2 shoots straight to the heart of the matter: It’s crappy. YOU’RE crappy. Who are you to judge others?

You can’t judge others when you too are sinning. Who’s to say which sin is worse? There’s no scale that says homosexuality is a worse sin that adultery, which is worse than murder, which are far worse than lying, and you only tell white lies to protect people. Which, you know, is how we often tend to classify things, because in our stupid human minds, we all need classifications and a way to feel better than everyone else.

And then we take grace for granted, because we know that we can never measure up — but no, that grace is only for me because I only do the “little” sins. It isn’t for those who commit the big sins.

Like how convicted serial rapist Selva Kumar Subbiah, who has been deported back to Malaysia after serving his time in a Canadian jail, is unforgivable. And people are doxxing his family, whose only crime is... having to accept back a brother.

Fact — women are afraid. Ambiguous fact — he may not have been rehabilitated.

Fact — he has served his time. Also fact: Serving time doesn’t always change a person.

Fact — he may reoffend. But targetting and threatening the people closest to him, who may in fact, be the only people who may help stop him reoffending because of their presence in his life, is stupid.

Which is stupider: giving him a chance to change whilst being in the company of the people most invested to help him change, or alienate him so that everyone else has to be on their toes?

But… that is a diversion.

Kamu mungkin meremehkan kebaikan hati Allah, kemurahan hati-Nya, dan kesabaran-Nya yang tidak terhingga. Kamu tentu tahu bahawa Allah menunjukkan kebaikan hati-Nya kerana Dia mahu kamu bertaubat daripada dosa. (Roma 2:4, Alkitab Berita Baik)

Or are you [so blind as to] trifle with and presume upon and despise and underestimate the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience? Are you unmindful or actually ignorant [of the fact] that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repent (to change your mind and inner man to accept God’s will)? (Romans 2: 4; AMPC)

Because the fact remains that we’re only here, as yet unjudged, because God hasn’t called for the end of the world yet. He’s still giving us time to wake up to our unworthiness, to the truth of our rags and call upon Him. He’s still holding out the sceptre so that you can approach the Throne.

And we should be grateful for this kindness that leads us to repentance.