Rom.2:5,6 – But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS:
Have you ever had a problem forgiving people you think have wronged you? The Lord dealt with me about unforgiveness in a very unexpected way several years ago. I felt like another minister had wronged me with unethical ministerial behavior. I was having a real problem with forgiving him until I found release in this verse of scripture. What does this have to do with forgiveness? Everything! You see at the end of the day I thought I was looking for justice. When I saw this verse I realized I didn’t want justice after all. I saw in a moment that the great day will reveal everything. I found myself easily forgiving my brother hoping he would never face the consequences of what I thought was justice. According to this verse, our sins are being stored up for the day of wrath. What will escape in that day, only the sin that has been brought to the cross. Here is how Edwards and the JFB Commentary describe this verse.
“It is from men’s having such a heart as this, that they treasure up wrath for themselves….The reason given why the house of Israel would not obey God, was that they were hard-hearted.”
“Treasures up unto thyself wrath against — that is wrath to come on thee in the day of wrath. What an awful idea is here expressed — that the sinner himself is amassing, like hoarded treasure, an ever accumulating stock of divine wrath, to burst upon him in “the day of the revelation of the righteous judgment of God!” And this is said not of the reckless, but of those who boasted of their purity of faith and life.”
My conclusion, nobody ever gets away with anything and the last thing I wanted was anyone to deal with stored up wrath on the day of judgement. Forgiveness is better than justice and judgement. I know I don’t want to face the consequences of all of my actions and I am grateful that the Lord forgave me. Thankfully the cross brings forgiveness for all who ask for it. Forgiveness is better than justice anyway.