Starting Over - 2

Posted by Rob Gerber on

What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!  – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

The greatest king that ever lived. An example for all to follow. A man after God’s own heart. You probably know from these descriptions that I’m talking about King David. But what if I used different descriptions? Would you recognize the same man if I said traitor, tyrant, liar, adulterer, murderer? How could both be true of the same man? The reason is that David understood and accepted God’s grace.

In Psalm 32:5 David said, “Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.’ And you forgave me!” (NLT). David didn’t pretend that he was perfect. When he made mistakes, he remembered that God would always give him another chance.

One of the things that this means is that your life doesn’t have to be the product of your bad choices or mistakes. If David had gotten what his actions deserved, he would never have become what he did become. God treats you the same way. You make mistakes, sometimes serious ones. God doesn’t ignore them, but His grace gives us a chance to deal with them and move on. No matter how often or how seriously you mess up, God says, “I can deal with that. Let’s fix it, learn from it, grow from it and be better because of it.”

God’s grace gives you a second chance. Your life doesn’t have to be the product of your mistakes. God can do better, and He wants to. David’s life was much better than it should have been because he believed God’s promise of grace, he asked God for it, and he accepted it. You can do the same.

Submitted by:
Rob Gerber
Cedarcreek Community Church
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

One-Year Bible Reading
Jeremiah 14:11-16:15
1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13
Psalm 80:1-19
Proverbs 25:1-5

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