God is patient and gentle with us because He knows how quickly we bleed.

Like a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
For he knows how we are made.
He remembers that we are dust.
-Psalm 103, WEBBE

God can be patient with us first of all because of the greatness of His love. He is love Himself, He is patience Himself. He created us in love and imprinted upon us His own image, an image of love.

When sin corrupted that image, God also knew how far we have fallen from holiness and perfection.

He knows our weaknesses and our ignorance. He understands our pain. He knows how hard we try and how often we fail.

This does not exempt us from sins we are well aware of, however. (Jesus often criticized those who were hypocrites, those who deny their sins.)

Yet even with these He still had patience with. Up to our very last breath, God bears with us, for He knows that we are but dust. We are not like the fallen angels who are spirit and who knew far more than we do about God.

Let us treat our fellowmen the same way, with great patience, and remembering too, that we know not what’s in the heart of another, for only God can weigh the human heart.

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