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God has allowed people to continue in their terrible sins, not because they don’t deserve immediate judgment but because He still hopes to bring them to repentance.

BibleGateway: Romans 1:18-2:4

ESV Text: Romans 1:18-2:4

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:18 and ends at about 4:32

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18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

     19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.(KJV)

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     1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. 2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 320 (LSB 610):
Lord Jesus, Think on Me — Organ Audio

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1. Lord Jesus, think on me 
And purge away my sin; 
From earth-born passions set me free 
And make me pure within. 

2. Lord Jesus, think on me 
With many a care opprest; 
Let me Thy loving servant be 
And taste Thy promised rest. 

3. Lord Jesus, think on me 
Amid the battle’s strife; 
In all my pain and misery 
Be Thou my Health and Life. 

4. Lord Jesus, think on me 
Nor let me go astray; 
Through darkness and perplexity 
Point Thou the heavenly way. 

5. Lord Jesus, think on me 
When floods the tempest high; 
When on doth rush the enemy, 
O Savior, be Thou nigh! 

6. Lord Jesus, think on me 
That, when the flood is past, 
I may the eternal brightness see 
And share Thy joy at last. 

7. Lord Jesus, think on me 
That I may sing above 
To Father, Spirit, and to Thee 
The strains of praise and love.