Faithful Fridays: Second Chances

12 April 2013

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So lately I have been thinking a lot about GRACE. Just this week my Goddaughter was born and her name is Elena Grace, not only did God give her to us but he shows us his grace and mercy on a daily basis. He is always giving second and third chances and even fourth or fifth ones when we struggle at getting something right. I am no where near a perfect person so I am sure there are many times in my life where God has cringed or wanted to give me the V8 forehead high five, LOL. If you are not familiar with that check out the brief clip below.

Nevertheless I serve a loving and forgiving God who allowed me to have several second chances. As I discussed before my Father and I were estranged for six years. Even though we have reconciled we still have not seen each other and only speak over the phone. God has totally softened my heart towards him because there was a time that I put on a Spanish accent and told him he had the wrong number just so he would stop calling me. I was cold hearted and wanted nothing to do with him, he had no more passes with me.  I was tired of lies, false promises, and the lack of enthusiasm he showed when it came to being a part of my life - so I cut him off. For many years people encouraged me to forgive him but I just could not do it. I never understood how holding a grudge against him was actually hurting me. But in hindsight I can see how the poison from our relationship seeped into my marriage, friendships, and how I interacted with even strangers. I had trust issues so I compared everyone to the wrong that my father had done and expected them to do the same. And when they succeeded in breaking my trust or letting me down I instantly compared them to my father. I hated my Dad and held a very long grudge against him.

I could not forgive him until I learned about Grace - the unmerited favor that comes from God. Unmerited favor basically means giving to the undeserving, I have never deserved the second chances God has given me with friendships, my marriage, and my family. Nor did I deserve the grace that he's shown me for the lies I've told him, promises I've broken, or the times in the past where I was less than enthusiastic about God being a part of my life. But never did he cut me off, he didn't he put on a Spanish accent and tell me my prayers were going to the wrong god. So how can I or anyone else for that matter consciously decide that someone does not deserve a second chance.....where is the grace?

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NLT)

We are called to love as Christ did without keeping track of someone else's wrongs. I have made lists a mile long of things that people have done to me, and had no problem whipping that list out when they had  forgotten about the way they hurt me...but that was not the right way. Of course every situation is different and maybe there is someone who just cannot physically be in your life, but can they have a second chance in your prayers? God tells us that we should guard our hearts because from our hearts flows life, but we should never omit someone from our prayers. If anything that is the time when they need  your prayers the most. I have embarked on a journey of trying to share the grace that God has given me with the people I interact with daily... reckless drivers, rude people, and messy family members. I wont pretend that I succeed at it everyday but it is my intention to wear love and share grace. It is my intention to follow Jesus's rule for showing forgiveness all while guarding my heart as well.


21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! ~ Matthew 18:21 -22 (NLT)


Oh if I could only have a heart like Jesus that forgives and forgets. If I could see the good in these people like Christ saw in Paul, and Judas. I know that a heart like his can be achieved through following him, and by realizing that all people are in need of forgiveness, grace, and second chances. And sometimes we have to give ourselves second chances.

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Think about this: Has God given you a second chance? Have you given yourself a second chance? Is there someone in your life that you cut off that could use your prayers? Are you in the business of giving second chances - can you share your portion of grace?

It is my prayer for you today that if you have been hurt by someone that you would ask God to help you forgive them. Lay your hurt at his feet and trust that he will guide you through it. I pray that you will not nurse any hatred or unforgiveness that rest in your heart, cast your cares and worries on our mighty God - So that he may renew and restore you, to give both you and the person that hurt you a Second Chance.


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XOXO,
Charity

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2 comments:

  1. It's so true! We are so blessed that we worship and serve such a gracious God! :-)

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  2. I cannot get over how God has placed you in my life. I always end up reading the right blog of yours at the right time. Seriously..

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