Talking to my LORD this morning concerning a person we both love, I asked, “How many 2nd chances (new beginnings) are there, LORD?”
JESUS answered immediately with a verse.” seventy times seven” (a Hebrew idiom meaning= times without number). That verse deals with forgiveness, and that is what second chances are, forgiving of the past and beginning anew.
Wow! I know its nothing new, but what a refreshing reminder!
When Peter asked JESUS that very same question (Matthew 18:22), he put a number by it- seven times. Actually, Peter was really being really generous, for the Rabbinical rule (taken from Amos 1:6) stated that you were to forgive three times period.
But, JESUS took the question out of the sphere of the law (what must be done under the old covenant), and transferred it into the realm of grace (the new covenant), where there is always mercy and grace to help in times of need (Hebrews 4:16). Grace is a realm where nothing is impossible.
So, until time is no more, (and that day is fast approaching), if you go to GOD, you will find another chance.
I think the quote from Martin Luther applies. “A Christian is at one and same time a sinner and righteous person. He is sinner in fact, but righteous person by the sure reckoning and promise of GOD that HE will continue to deliver him from sin until HE has completely cured him. So he is totally healthy in hope, but sinner in fact. He has the beginning of righteousness, so always continues more and more to seek it, while realizing he is always unrighteous.”
‘For by one offering, HE (JESUS), has perfected forever, all those HE (JESUS) is making holy” (Hebrews 10:14). That me and you, if you believe in HIM.
I am so glad for another chance, aren’t you?
Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.