We all need second chances.
We have all messed up, goofed up or broke down. None of us are perfect.
I am thankful for second chances, are you?

• Maybe your second chance is a health issue.
o Many a cancer or heart attack survivor knows the grace of second chances
o Every accident victim knows how bad their accident could have been – how “lucky” they are
• Maybe it is a relationship issue.
o This may be the toughest second chance to obtain.
o We need this second chance from people who are as messed up as we are
o We hurt people with our words and actions
 Gossip, lying, hyperbole, backbiting, slander,
 Fighting,
• Bullying covers both
 Passive-aggressive
 Blaming others for our failures, weaknesses and actions
 Possessive
 Abusive
 Addictions
 The list is endless
o People have been finding ways to hurt one another since the garden of Eden
o We like to think we are superior – better
 We may say we don’t think so but our actions say different
• When we think that others are an inconvenience
• When we do not take to time to understand
• When we bully someone else
• When we look dawn at the homeless or the addict or the elderly or the disabled or the poor or the rich or the differently shaded or the….?…..
o We are thinking we are superior to them
 They somehow are not worth our time
• Maybe it is a behavior issue.
o Broken laws
o Bad behavior
o Anti-social
• Maybe there is some other issue that you are dealing with

The good news is that God is the Lord of second chances.

God created us for a relationship with Him. Anything and everything that inhibits that relationship is called “sin” and is damaging to us and our eternity.

The good news is, that when we are at our worst, God is at His best.

I can almost picture God surveying the people of their creation in all our pride and arrogance; and through their pain and anger, I can feel their love for humanity pulse throughout history.

Christmastime is a season we give gifts to each other; funny, because it is not our birthday we celebrate. It is the gift of God’s love response to our failing we celebrate. It is the birth of Jesus Christ we celebrate.

Christmas is not about tinsel, trees and trimmings. Christmas is about the opportunity for second chances.

God sent His Son Jesus here for our benefit, but for His purpose of Love.

“For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son so that everyone who would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life” [– John 3:16] is more than a quote on a wall hanging or a feel good phrase for football games. It is God’s proclamation that Jesus is here to give us a second chance.

Romans 3: 21 – 26 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses[i] and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

We have all messed up
God gives us second chances – through Jesus.
Those great words of compassion “Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares us righteous”

We don’t deserve it
God does it
Jesus paid for it
We benefit

We can be made right with God. By GRACE alone through FAITH alone in CHRIST alone.

Do you need second chances? Seek God.

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