Friday, September 9, 2011

A God of Second Chances

Today I was reading the Scripture in Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." It hurt me to think that we are all guilty of not living up to the potential that we were created for by our Father.  I want so badly to be the person He created me to be, but sometimes, I just produce "yuck" in my life.

Have you ever done something that you're ashamed of?  Maybe you haven't, but I think, for most of us, the answer would be yes.  People in our lives, celebrities, pastors, athletes...everyone (including ourselves) have made mistakes, screwed up or fallen short of acting like the people God meant for us to be. As for me, I'm so glad that I serve a God of mercy and second chances.


Of course there are consequences for wrong behavior and most assuredly, we will have to walk out those consequences.  Some might even have to be incarcerated or separated from families. But the joy and peace that comes with forgiveness of those wrong doings, is what helps people get back on the right track again.  I remember many many years ago, when I had done something that I wasn't very proud of, I said to my parents, "There isn't a thing you can say to me that will make me feel any worse than I already feel.  There aren't any rebukes you can give me that I haven't already given myself."  Do you think that if we withhold forgiveness and sit in judgement, someone will make amends faster?  Does God refuse to extend His love to those who have fallen?

I belong to a church that believes in "doing life together".  That includes the stuff that isn't pretty.  That means when someone has offended, we don't kick them out and make them go away in shame and embarrasment. We love them back to the fold.  We help, counsel, teach, train, and pray with them so that if they should want to repent and make their lives right, we are not an obstacle to that.  Most of the time, people who have fallen just need someone to believe in them, in order to get redemption.

If you find yourself having done wrong, or you know someone else who has done wrong, can you forgive and  extend mercy and grace? Can you see past the act to a hurting heart just as God does with us? I would like to tell you about a group that I have become affiliated with called POTSC or People of the Second Chance.   This organization is a "global community of activists, imperfectionists, and second chancers, committed to unleashing radical grace everyday, in every moment, for everyone."  Our mission is to overthrow judgement and liberate love.  I would love for you to check them out and see if you might like be a part of this mission.  Who would you give a second chance to?  Maybe you need to give yourself a second chance.  God would!! 

From His Lap,

24 comments:

  1. I do tend to become critical and forget to show mercy. We all deserve to be forgiven. Thanks for the post it was much needed.
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  2. Michelle,
    Max Lucado said, "Relationships thrive, not because the guilty are punished, but because the innocent are merciful. I think we all tend to get critical if we don't stay aware.
    I'm so happy you stopped by!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  3. Love this. You know - we need to extend second chances at the measure we want second chances. You? Your thoughts are so precious and deep. Thank you for letting us look into your heart!

    Dianne

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  4. This is such an awesome post. I was just watching a whole series about the life of Jesus and redemption. This is great timing. I'll definitely check out the POTSC.
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Hope you're having a wonderful week,
    Barbara
    Español para Niños (Spanish for Kids)

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  5. Dianne,
    That is a great thought!!! I need 70 X 7!!
    I love you!
    ~Erin

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  6. Barbara,
    I'm so happy you stopped by. You will definitely love POTSC!!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  7. Forgiveness may just be the hardest concept to practice. It sounds good on paper, but the actual doing of it is very difficult. Forgiving ourselves might even be harder than forgiving others. It is always good to be reminded of God's forgiveness. Lovely blog, thank you. Stopping by for some VB love :-)

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  8. Michael Ann,
    Why is it that we are so much harder on ourselves? I love being reminded of God's forgiveness.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    ~Erin

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  9. Erin, that was great. Really loved it. Love all the family pics on your blog.

    -new VB member

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  10. I forgive people easily as I know that I am a sinner as well... I need to be forgiven, so I forgive others too :)

    By the way, thanks for a beautiful Alexa review. Left a small one over there on your blog too, Erin...Take care :)

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  11. Sometimes I wonder at the posts I drop in to read. It's as if you've written them just for me!

    For the past year I've been through a tense situation which could have gone one way or the other. It culminated in a full on, open and honest 'discussion'. We both agreed we could live in the knowledge of the other one's opinion over a terrible situation. It was cleansing and wonderful to actually feel true forgiveness and be able to do the same to some one else.

    Through it I have learned so much about my self and I now have a life long friend who could well have become a distant memory.

    Sorry to not share the details but I hope you get the point of my ramblings!!

    Thanks as always Erin. Lx

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  12. Love this post. My husband just pointed out to me yesterday that I haven't forgiven myself for a "spiritual failure" that is keeping me in a state of sinful emotion. I can't move forward and be the beautiful light I need and want to be, if I don't first forgive myself for my failure and then ask God for forgiveness as well. I need to believe that I'm worthy of a 2nd chance... :)

    Blessings,
    Rosann

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  13. Irene,
    Thanks so much for stopping by. I love all the friends I'm making on voiceBoks!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  14. Shaan,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! I always learn so much from your blog! And I really appreciate the alexa review. I need all the help I can get.
    Hugs,
    ~Erin

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  15. Lorraine,
    Isn't awesome how the Father always directs our paths to where we need to be, if we just listen. I always love when you stop by! It's wonderful that you and your friend resolved your differences, forgave and are still friends. It's beautiful, actually!
    XO,
    ~Erin

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  16. Rosann,
    You are so precious and valuable in the Kingdom. Whatever it was that you are struggling to forgive yourself for, He has already forgiven! Just climb up there in His lap & let Him wash it away.
    You bless me so much!!
    Love you, sister!
    ~Erin

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  17. Erin, I truly believe this was His first real test for me. I held on to Him all the way! Now I've come out the other side I look back and see how He helped me through it.

    Amazing. :) Lx

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  18. HI Erin - I am very grateful that God gives us many chances because I constantly fall short. I thank Him often for His grace, unmerited and mercy, undeserved. Without it I have no hope.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  19. Lorraine,
    It's so awesome that you were faithful in how He wanted you to respond. That's how we grow in faith with Him!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  20. Hi, Tracy!
    It's good to hear from you. Hope deferred makes the heart sick. I know just what you mean. Without His grace & mercy, we have no hope.
    So glad you came sister!
    ~Erin

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  21. Erin, oh how I am thankful that we serve the God of second chances. His grace abounds and covers me. I am such a mess but He is so full of mercy!

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  22. I lived quite the life when I was younger. If I hadn't been given second (and third, and fourth) chances, I don't quite know where I'd be right now.

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  23. Shannon,
    You said it, sister! I'm so grateful for His mercies, new every morning!
    Love!!!
    ~Erin

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  24. Jenn,
    We all have things from our past that He has washed away!! Aren't you glad!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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