Today I’d like to draw our attention to the idea of second chances.
Second Chance Defined: “help given to someone who has failed, in the hope that they will succeed this time”. In my opinion, this definition shows mankind’s depravity (we’ve all fallen short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23) and it also shows God’s continued involvement in the life of someone in need of a second chance…providing hope and setting us up for success. God has, is, and will always actively provide assistance through the process of being made new. Yes, by His mercy and grace He is allowing us a fresh start, and each day He is also providing us a way to escape that which is causing us to fall short (1 Corinthians 10:13), thus the need for a second chance. He is praying for His followers and cheering us on (John 17:20-23). He provides other faithful followers who can get us back on track, but most importantly He provides hope through His Word…
Consider the following passages…notice how He provides second chances in a new/renewing process. His goal is to make new / renew that which has been tainted by The Fall of man. He does so by means of second chances.
I just want to remind us that last year was last year. Yesterday was yesterday. Today, the next second on the clock, etc., and tomorrow will be and are new. God provides an opportunity for newness each and every day of our lives. What occurred previously in our lives can be put to rest, and today, today, ALL THINGS can be made new through Him. That’s the power of His grace, mercy, and love. That’s the power of repentance and forgiveness. Regardless of you’re your fallen short looks like, God provides a way for that to be dealt with, forgotten, and become brand new today. A clean slate…a starting over…made white as snow.
In the next blog we’ll continue to look at what the Bible says about second chances from an article from gotquestions.org.
Practicing His Presence,
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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