We should rejoice in the fact that we serve a God of multiple chances. We have all fallen short. God is not obligated to forgive us. Out of His grace and mercy He has sent His perfect Son as the propitiation for our sins.
When is the last time that you thanked God for the gospel of Jesus Christ? Every day that you wake up is another chance graciously given to you through the pain, the suffering, and the powerful blood of Christ!
Jonah is given a second chance.
We all remember the story of Jonah. Jonah ran.
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He backslid. God could have let Jonah go his own way, but He loved Jonah too much to allow him to remain on the wrong path. God went out of His way and caused a storm to get His child back. Jonah was eventually thrown overboard and swallowed by a huge fish.
From inside the fish Jonah repented. At this moment, God could have just forgiven Jonah and that could have been the end of the story. However, this is obviously not what happened. God gave Jonah another opportunity to preach repentance to the city of Nineveh.
This time Jonah obeyed the Lord. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.
Why should God let you into Heaven?
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good.
Samson is given a second chance. Sometimes we are given second chances, but we have to live with the consequences of our previous failures. We see this in the story of Samson. Although he was greatly used by God, Samson was flawed as we all are.
The sin of Samson that we all point to is when he told Delilah that his hair was the secret to his strength, which she later used to betray Samson. Samson was subdued, shackled, and his eyes were gouged out. Samson found himself in a place that he has never been before. While the Philistines were celebrating Samson prayed to God.
Give me a second chance to do your will. He just wanted to walk with the Lord.
Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood and he pushed upon them. The temple came down and Samson killed more Philistines than he did in his death than he did when he was alive. God accomplished His will through Samson. Notice that by his death Samson overcame his enemies. We overcome worldliness and sin by dying to self. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me , and I would become as weak as any other man. And his strength left him.
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Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived. When we are given another chance. I am not saying that God puts us in temptation.
What I am saying is this, we are given opportunities to bear fruit in an area we have failed in before. There have been situations in my life where I feel like I failed. Although I might have failed the first time, the second time I bore better fruit showing maturity in Christ. Second chances reveal a God who is sanctifying us and conforming us into the image of Christ. He loves us too much to allow us to remain infants in Christ. He is faithful to mold you and build you up.
The question is, are you growing?
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There are so many great saints who failed the Lord in the Bible, but they got back up. When you sin, use that as an opportunity to grow in the Lord. Pray for God to conform you into the image of Christ.
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You might be put in the same situation down the line. Just like Jonah, you are going to be given a choice. Obey or disobey! Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good. Second chances are not a license to sin.
Real Christians struggle with sin. Sometimes you might fail more than 3 times. However, do you remain down? Evidence that you have truly put your trust in Christ for salvation is that you will have new desires for Christ and His Word.
Once again, some believers struggle more than others, but there is a desire to be more and there is a fight. A true believer should see more and more progress against sin.
Over the years there should be growth in your walk with Christ. His love is too deep. If you are a Christian, then you have been forgiven by the blood of Christ! Do not live in condemnation. His blood covers all of your sins past, present, and future. You are free! Run to Christ and enjoy Him, but what you should never do, is take advantage of His love.
Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. Salvation is a second chance from the Lord. Before Christ I was broken and living in sin. I was hopeless and on my way to hell.
Christ gave me hope and He gave me a purpose. King after king did evil in the sight of the Lord. Why did God put up with continuous evil?
Why does God put up with continuous evil now? He is holy. There is a huge gap between God and man.
It is incomprehensible how holy God truly is. He walked among us. God was spit on and beaten! His bones were broken. He bled in an unfathomable way. At any moment He could have called down an army of angels to destroy everything!
Jesus died for you and me when we wanted nothing to do with Him.
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Through His atonement on the cross we were given a second chance. He took away our sin and now we can begin to experience Him. God has given us the right to become His children. He has given us life.