This week I’ve been thinking about second chances, how blessed we are that God gives us second and third and fourth and many more chances, and, how we should give others a second chance (or third or fourth) a lot more often than we do.
God gives us a second chance.
Christmas is the celebration of the ultimate second chance. In the beginning, God created a perfect world in which mankind could live, thrive and commune with God. But, man blew it. And because of that, man suffered by being separated from God. But, through the birth of Jesus Christ (which we celebrate on Christmas Day every year), God gave mankind another chance – a new opportunity to commune with Him. What a great gift! We didn’t do anything to earn this second chance. We didn’t deserve it. But God gave it to us anyway.
We should give others a second chance too.
The Bible exhorts us to forgive others because in Christ Jesus God forgave us. Because God gives us a second chance even when we don’t deserve it or earn it, we should be a lot more forgiving of the people in our lives who need a second chance for relationship with us. I know you’ve been hurt. I realize that someone has disappointed you, betrayed you, and fallen short of your expectations and needs. But, guess what? You’re no peach either. And either am I. That’s why we all need to be a little less bitter and lot more forgiving. When you do that, you’ll be surprised at how much better a restored relationship feels than the broken one you are living with right now. Try it.
Who do you need to give a second chance to today (just like God gave you a second chance)?