Reasonable Or Unreasonable
Isaiah 1:18: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
When we reason with God we learn that He is always right about everything and we begin to agree with Him. We learn that we are unreasonable. We begin to trust Him. We agree with Him that our sins are a horrible thing and need to be forgiven. We learn that He wants to forgive us. We learn that He wants us to go and sin no more. When we reason with God we repent of our sin and fight to avoid it. We learn that He will help us with that. We learn that even after He has forgiven us, we are weak in our sinful flesh. We learn that He wants to forgive us for that too. Everyone who continually rejects Jesus and the forgiveness He offers is continually unreasonable.
Romans 12:1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Every saved individual who uses His body for his own purposes is unreasonable. Every saved individual who does not want to live a life that is acceptable unto God is unreasonable. Unreasonable men reject the Bible, refuse to study it and refuse to obey it. They also keep it from others. They persecute believers and they are wicked. It is unreasonable for anyone not to have faith in God.
2 Thessalonians 3:1: Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
The amazing thing is that God loves unreasonable unbelievers and unreasonable believers. He is patient with them and He wants to lead them to repentance.
Romans 5:6: For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Romans 2:4: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
It is unreasonable for us to live the lives that He gave us in bodies that He created and owns, live in the world He created for us, breathe the air that He created for us, eat the food He gives us and believe that we owe Him nothing. God is more than reasonable with us. He is patient and merciful. But are we reasonable with Him?
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