Does grace overlook it when we sin? No, it doesn’t. The Scripture says;
“…Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5:22 NKJV
And again, in James it says;
“Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it”. James 2:10 Berean Study Bible (More on these verses in my next post, because I know how these verses are easily labeled ‘Old Testament in nature’).
With that said, we need to understand the position of grace in relation to sin, so, let’s look at a profound verse in Romans:
I need to apologize for posting this a day later than I usually do. There were many factors militating against my putting it up on Friday (yesterday). But thank God those factors have been overcome today.
In my last post, REDEMPTION – A Second Chance, I told you about the experience of heaven in Joshua Harris’ I Kissed Dating Goodbye. My prayer for you still holds true even today; that you find faith in the Lord Jesus today for a second chance.
“What was meant to be our instrument of damnation became our salvation.”
~Man Of Steel~
Brad Lauwers was in the locker room, showering after a gruelling football workout, when he first noticed the lump. He bent down and fingered his ankle gently, cupping his hand around the swelling. He felt no pain or stiffness. “Perhaps it’s just some fluid,” he thought. “It will disappear in a few days.”
But the swelling didn’t disappear, and a month later Brad lay in a hospital bed awaiting amputation of his left leg. The lump turned out to be a malignant tumor that was sending runners out in several directions in Brad’s foot. The next day a surgeon removed Brad’s leg just inches below the knee.
A Second Chance
Recently I was given a second chance at life, and a fear that I had long borne was swallowed up in the sea of God’s mercy, never to resurface again. Although that’s not what I plan to write about today, maybe another day I would, but today, what I really desire is to share with you the power and beauty of a second chance.
What does a second chance look like? And more importantly, what do you do with it?
Fortunately for us, there are always second chances to pursue our dreams, rebuild relationships and correct past blunders… Sometimes we believe this but most times we do not believe this for ourselves. In our thinking we say, “Maybe for that guy but not for me. I’ve gone too far to make a “U” turn”.
But honestly it’s never too late. I’m sure you can relate with this quite well. Like when an apology is long overdue that you now feel is too late, or you’ve borrowed something for far too long, returning it is no longer an option. You’ve lived and had children together with your boy/girl friend that marriage now looks unnecessary. Too old to return to school to get that degree you’ve always wanted. Whatever the case, there are always opportunities for a second chance.
Now here is what a second chance looks like. Continue reading