“Love suffers long.” – I Corinthians 13:4
God’s love toward us is patient, long-tempered and forbearing and He truly wants us to succeed and to be blessed abundantly.
His mercy endures forever toward mankind in the midst of all of our shortcomings, and the Old Testament contains hundreds of examples of God’s patience toward man and how He held back His judgment, wanting them to repent.
In the days of Noah, the whole world’s thoughts and the intent of their heart was on evil continually, but God had great patience, not wanting them to perish but for them to inherit eternal life. Noah was a righteous man, and God commissioned him to build an ark which I believe was not for animals but for those who would escape the flood. Is God more concerned for animals than for man? For 120 years Noah constructed a place of refuge for all to enter, but they refused and mocked him more than likely calling him crazy for building a boat on dry land.
Jesus told the disciples that in the last days, men would be eating and drinking and acting just like those of Noah’s day, unconcerned that the righteous judgment of a Holy God, deeply offended was about to fall on them. Year after year they laughed and mocked at the old man and his boat with no concern for their souls or their eternal destination just like today. And then it began to sprinkle and the door closed, it was too late, judgment had begun on a people who refused to repent and the entire world perished in the midst of God’s patience toward them.
So it is today.
“Jesus preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine long suffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.” – I Peter 3:19,20