God’s patience and kindness are meant to lead His people to repentance (Rom. 2:4). It is easy, however, to take the Lord’s patience as a sign that He does not care about sin. We dare not do that. The Lord is committed to cleansing sin from His church, and He is not opposed to using drastic measures to do so. If we do not mortify sin now, God may choose to remove it painfully later.