2016-04-23 - Second Chances
1 Samuel 18:21 (NLT) “Here’s another chance to see him killed by the Philistines!” Saul said to himself. But he said to David, “Today you have a second chance to become my son-in-law!”
Entirely too often, we become mired down by our past. Stuck in the old mud. There's absolutely nothing I can do to alter the past. I can, however, make a choice to be a victim or a victor.
I can sulk and wait on someone to ask for forgiveness for a wrong they have done to me. Most of them time I will spend my life waiting for something that will never come. I can ask for forgiveness from a person I have wronged, but I may not get it from them.
Forgiveness actually has nothing to do with the other person, and everything to do with me. I can’t make someone take my apology, nor can I wait around expecting an apology. It’s simply not a healthy way for me to live.
I can do all I can, to make my wrong right. At some point, I need to admit that I can do nothing more than ask for God’s forgiveness - and then move on.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
There is no shame in starting again. You get a chance to make a bigger and better life than before. Life is full of second chances. Take one.
All verses are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.