“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:17

I read this quote the other day: “Second chances are given not just to correct mistakes but to determine worth.”

How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you’ve said, “If I had a second chance, I’d do ________”?

There have been moments in my life when I have struggled to break free of the guilt and shame I experienced as a result of the mistakes I’d made in my past. Even after I gave my life to Christ, when I made a mistake, I lived under a constant shadow of condemnation. I bought into the enemy’s lie that God was holding my mistakes against me, or that I had somehow found a way to “out-sin” His grace, mercy, and love for me.

Perhaps, you know that feeling or are experiencing it now.

We live in a fallen world. But before we were born, God knew the path you and I would take: paths that included sin, mistakes, and wrong choices. Because of His great love for us, He determined our worth, anticipated our need for a “do-over,” and sent us His Son Jesus to free us from condemnation and the penalty of sin.

Thank God for the gift of a second chance!

Lord, thank You for Jesus. Through Him we received the ultimate gift of a second chance. Help us to know that our mistakes will never determine our worth to You because You have already determined that we were worth saving! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Take Action

Would you like to receive the gift of a second chance through Jesus Christ today? Read Romans 10:9-10, and then do what it says!

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