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Trust God For a Second (Or Third or Fourth) Chance

“By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God.” (Romans 5:1 CEV)

Most of us could use a second chance. Sometimes even a third or fourth chance. The Good News is that Jesus is all about second chances.

Jesus said, “I didn’t come to judge the world, but to save it.” (John 3:17 NIV). That means God doesn't stand behind you and shake His head disapprovingly when you blow it. You don’t need to feel ashamed about your past failures. God isn’t ashamed of you. Too many people go through life feeling guilty, judged, and criticized by God. They have no desire to spend time with the critical God they’ve imagined in their heads, the one they are sure is disappointed with them.

It takes faith to get past this false image and to believe that God loves you unconditionally. The truth is, Jesus died in your place on the cross, and through faith in him you are now completely acceptable to God. The Bible says, “By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God.” (Romans 5:1 CEV).

Are you at peace with God? God wants to give you His best, no matter how many times you’ve failed in the past. The Bible says that, through Jesus, you have complete access to God and His power in your life. You don’t have to wait until you get your life together. You get all the amazing benefits of being a child of God today! Your life will be completely transformed if you become consistently aware of God’s unconditional and never-ending love for you. Instead of letting your past failures define you, my prayer is that you will fully understand God’s great love for you. I pray that His love will give you the power to get up when you fall down.

What did you hear?

What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What do you think?

How does it apply to your life? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What will you do? Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Now talk to God This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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