As I was concluding in my time of prayer this morning, the Spirit of God said, although He is patient is does not mean He accepts our sin. It's along the line of "don't take my kindness for weakness." Many of the children of God has done just that. Because God is patient and kind it does not mean He accepts our sinful behavior.
One scripture we should always keep in mind as we go about our daily routine is this, 1 Peter 1:15 - but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.
Why do I reference this scripture? Because we must remember that we are a reflection and representation of the Father before all. It's no different than when I would go out to play and my parents would remind me of my behavior while out of their presence. Why? Because I was a reflection and representation of them and whatever I did would make them look bad or as it would often be said, "didn't your parents raise you better than that?" But it is even much more than this. If we are not living according to the very Word we teach and preach and sing about, then that makes us a hypocrite, right? Pretending to be holy and being holy is two worlds. To be a child of God but act like a child of Satan is two worlds. One would question, whose child are you because of your behavior? This is not to say that we will always do right but it's about always doing what is wrong and we know it. I say always, because some of us refuse to change our behavior even though scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. You cannot be new in Christ and remain the same or keep your old habits.
God's patience, just like a parent's, is simply to allow us time to change our behavior and is also a type of showing us mercy instead of judgement. Appreciate His patience and not mistake it for you being able to get away with sin, again like a parent who saw what you did but they didn't act upon it. The Father already know what we're going to do before we do it. So nothing surprises Him and often times likewise with our parents.
Don't abuse or take God's patience for granted and mistake it for His acceptance of our sin.
Evangelist Nodella S. Jordan