Posted by: missionventureministries | July 25, 2019

WE HAVE A LOVING GOD OF SECOND CHANCES – Psalm 86:15

People may tell us that that have ruined their life and destroyed hope for anything good to come their way; but that is not true. When we are in despair and think our life is shattered, it is at that very moment where God wants to get our attention and do something wonderful, if we let Him! When we ask God to take control of the situation, He will walk us through and guide us, and we will begin to realize that He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

The Bible is full of people who received second chances, and even third and fourth chances: Jonah, Samson, Zacchaeus, Peter, the thief on the cross and others.

David was God’s choice to be Israel’s king and one whom God declared to be “a man after His own heart.” But David slept with Bathsheba, the wife of one of his most loyal army officers. David had her husband killed in battle and than married her. God sent Nathan the prophet to confront David and he repented (Psalm 51), and God forgave David’s sin. Even though the child born to David and Bathsheba died, God restored the couple and made them parents of the great King Solomon, whose descendant was Jesus Christ as we read in 2 Samuel 11, 12.

One of the amazing aspects of God’s character is His incredible patience with us. Psalm 86:15 tells us: “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” And in Micah 7:18 we read, “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because He delights in steadfast love.”

No matter what we have done, God loves us and is eager to forgive us; all we have to do is ask. Nothing is too big for God to forgive, because, if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

God will restore a humble heart once we accept the consequences of our wrong doing. We might need to pay back some money, apologize to someone, pay a fine or penalty, regain another person’s trust, or correct a problem that we helped to create. Even if it means admitting we were wrong and feeling embarrassed, these important steps must be taken to fully obey God and learn to live in obedience to Him. Psalm 25:9 says: He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.

Even if we have given up on ourselves, God does not give up on us. Throughout Scripture, the Lord begs His people to turn away from pride, sin and rebellion and come back to Him. If we choose not to obey God and go our own way, He pursues us; He never gives up on us, even when we foolishly insist on doing things our own way and choose to disobey Him. He will allow us to deal with the fallout of our disobedience, but He is never far away, waiting for us to come back to Him. When we finally stop fighting, acknowledge our sin and call out to Him, He comes with open arms to give us what we need most, Himself because He loves us! Joel 2:13 tells us: Return to the Lord your God. He is gracious. He is tender and kind. He is slow to get angry. He is full of love. He takes pity on you. He won’t destroy you.

God’s goal is to sanctify us, to make us like Jesus, developing us into loving and mature persons, however for some, these changes take time. This life is the process that prepares us for the next one! So when we stumble and fall down, we should not give up! We need to get back up and keep our focus on Jesus, even if we have to limp for a while! Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. . . . (Hebrews 12:1-2).

If you have lost your way in life and have gone in the wrong direction, there is good news, God is waiting for you! He considers you too valuable to lose. As Jesus told His disciples: If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost. Matthew 18:12-14

Just as God is patient and forgiving, He wants His children to be patient with and forgiving of others. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12). The Lord gives us second chances, and we must give the same to others. Jesus gives a stern warning to those who refuse to forgive, saying that if we will not forgive others, God will not forgive us (Matthew 6:15; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13). If someone is truly repentant, then we are obligated to forgive (Matthew 18:21-22).

Some time a person needs to hit bottom, because, only then can God work with them and bring them to their senses. God does everything possible to draw us to repentance, offering forgiveness and second chances (2 Peter 3:9); but if we continue to reject Him, the offer is withdrawn and, at death, there are no more chances (Hebrews 9:27).

Evangelism and sharing the gospel is simply one prodigal telling another prodigal that the blood has been shed, the price has been paid and the Father is waiting and longing for them to come home.

Please remember that “the Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).

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