“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” - 2 Peter 3:9
The Holy Bible clearly shows that God Almighty is exceedingly tolerant in His attitude towards men. If He were to punish people according to their sins, no one would be alive. David the Psalmist declared: “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” (Psalm 130:3, 4) Indeed, as the Psalmist said, “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For heknoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13, 14) However, God's attribute of tolerance towards men is no licence for them to continue in wrong doing; rather it is to give them the opportunity to hear His word so as to repent of their sins. In the words of Apostle Paul, “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” - Romans 2:4.
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ enjoined us to emulate our heavenly Father's characteristic of tolerance by praying for and doing good to those who persecute us with the hope that they will in course of time be converted to the truth. – Matthew 5:43-48.