“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times’ “
– Matthew 18:21,22
Yesterday we reflected on the life of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. He believed in providing people with a second chance, which truly exemplified the life of Jesus. Today, I want to expand our discussion on the God of second chances. Many of us as Christians desire to have a heart like Jesus. When we get to know our neighbors, we root for them and desire the best for them. We want our neighbors to have an opportunity to overcome and be victorious.
What’s interesting is when we don’t give ourselves that same grace to flourish. Maybe you’re this type of person. You look in the mirror and think, there’s no more potential for me to succeed. Let’s get rid of this mindset! Many people have done an abundance of good, but all of us have made big mistakes in our lives; Be it things we regret, unfinished symphonies, sad stories, lost relationships, or bad decisions. You know what? God’s not done with you yet, my friend. He has a second chance for you. And that’s what the birth of Jesus is about.
Friend, as we celebrate this Christmas season, let’s reflect on this: It’s not just a second chance; it’s a third and fourth chance, and so on. Isn’t this amazing? Seventy times seven, says the Bible. That’s how many opportunities you get. That’s how much God is for you and not against you. I hope today you’ll believe in that second chance for yourself and that God has an excellent plan for you!
Father, thank you for your excellent plan for my life. Show me where I need to extend grace to myself.
Has God allowed you to encourage someone during their second chance moment? How did you cheer them on?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.