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God is slow to anger

“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness (…)”
Exodus 34:6

The phrase that God is “slow to anger”, is repeatedly used in the Bible. It learns us two things. The first is that God is not hot-tempered, he does not punish people quickly but gives them time to repent and change their lives. But the second is that he does not ignore evil either.

Like Nahum 1:3 says: “The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty.”

That God is slow to anger, is due to his mercy, not to a lack of power. God wants people’s salvation. He is very willing to forgive those who repent.

Sometimes it might seem that the wickedness in the world is not addressed at all, that the bad people flourish while the “good” ones suffer. But in the end that is not true. God’s justice will certainly come and clear away all evil.

Does it comfort you to know that God is patient, but also that he will bring justice in the end?

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Grietje Commelin

Grietje Commelin

Grietje studied theology and mastered in Bible Translation. Next to being a mother, she supports GlobalRize by writing bible reflections and other content for GlobalRize.

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God is slow to anger
E-book for the coronavirus crisis
This e-book has lessons for you from the early church relevant to us today.
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