4. Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
The Lord is so good and patient with us even when we don’t get it. He knows we need His grace to make it through all things. It is when we clearly know what He is saying to us and still disobey Him that our heart gets harder each time we say no. Eventually a hard heart becomes callous, and nothing can penetrate it, then we invite His judgment.
5. But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6. Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7. To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life:
8. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteous, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also the gentile;
10. But glory, and honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first and also the Gentile; KJV
Glory -c) dignity, glory, honor, praise and worship.
Honor -c) dignity
Dignity -d) worthiness, nobility, high repute, honor.
When the Lord says that we are worthy, that is a statement no one will refute. How could we possibly be worthy when He is the only One Who is Worthy? I guess we will have to wait on the answer to that one. Just to imagine having Him see us that way is reward enough.
I believe He can make it no clearer. He is coming with His rewards and His punishments. Either we follow Him or follow self. He wants to bless and will have those who will receive His glory and honor. He will vindicate them and show all that they belong to Him.
If you reject Him, you will get tribulation and anguish.
If you obey Him, you will get glory, honor and peace.
Which will you choose?