Six or Seven Chances (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 213)
Romans 5:1 (NLT)
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
If you’re like most people, you have good intentions. When you make a promise, you intend to fulfill it. When you set a resolution, you intend to follow through on it. When you create goals, you intend to stick with them until they happen. Whether is is losing weight, starting a business, going back to school, cutting debt, or anything else — you intend to make good on what you’ve set out to do.
But what happens when we don’t follow through, when we don’t keep our word, when we give up on our goals or fail to lose weight or get organized. Too many of us give up on our best selves. We throw ourselves under the bus. We tell ourselves that we’re not good enough or that we’ll never get it right. When we stumble and fall, we have a tendency to stay down instead of get back up and do the best we can.
Thankfully, God doesn’t treat us the way we treat ourselves. He gives us a chance to get it right. He doesn’t give up on us after the second or third change or even the fourth or fifth. He will give us a sixth, seventh, or as many chances as needed. His mercies are new every morning and so is his grace.
Too many times, we go through life feeling guilty, ashamed, and condemned by people. And we tend to transfer that feeling over into our relationship with God. God sent his son, Jesus Christ, into he world not to judge it, but to save it. He doesn’t shake his head and wag his finger at us. We don’t have to endure a guilt trip because God is not ashamed of us. He loves us and because he loves us unconditionally, he gives us multiple chances to turn it all around.
No matter how many times you have failed, been defeated, or gave up, God still loves you. You still have access to his throne of grace and can still be a beneficiary of his power if you just get to know him for who he really is. You don’t have to wait to get yourself together before you ask God for help. He has already given you another chance. All you have to do is receive it. Instead of letting your failures define you and keep you confined to a prison of guilt and shame, open yourself up to let God love you fully and continuously. Trust God for the chance you need to live an unbelievable life.
“I have become convinced that God thoroughly enjoys fixing and saving things that are broken. That means that no matter how hurt and defeated you feel, no matter how badly you have been damaged, God can repair you. God can give anyone a second chance.”
— Melody Carlson