“And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him—speaking of these things in all of his letters” (2 Peter 3:15-16a, NLT).

Most of us don’t like to be pressured into making a decision before we’re ready. Car and other salespeople know this, so they try to impart a sense of urgency to the buyer. They give reasons such as the price will go up if you don’t buy soon; get it while supplies last; you won’t find this anywhere else and it’s the last one. It can be difficult to resist if you don’t have iron will power.

Many of us have encountered this kind of sales pitch from well meaning Christians. It doesn’t work too well, at least in my experience. My neighbors don’t open their doors when people walk up with Bibles in their hands. Unlike some high-pressure evangelists, God isn’t in a hurry. As this verse says, God’s patience gives people time to turn to him. His kindness leads to repentance and his love, shown by his patient followers, is the best way to attract other followers. God doesn’t need any gimmicks—his love, grace and patience are enough.

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