4 Ways to Know We Serve a God of Second Chances

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Do you ever feel like you’ve completely blown it with God? As if He’s thinking I’ve had it. I’ve given you enough chances. I’m done with you.

You don’t have to feel that way any longer. Scripture makes it very clear that we serve a God of a second chance, because He knew we’d never get it right the first time…and maybe not the third or fourth time, either.

What Does it Mean to Be a God of Second Chances?

A God of a second chance means the Almighty doesn’t give us just one shot at impressing Him or earning His love or getting it right. In fact, we already had that shot when Adam and Eve chose their way over God’s (Genesis 3:1-19). Therefore, God found a way to give us a second chance through the sinless life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection of His Son, Jesus. When we repent of our sin condition (not just one or two sins, but the fact that we now have a sin nature – Romans 3:23), and surrender our lives to Him, through accepting Jesus’ atonement for us on the cross, God sees us as righteous and unblemished as His perfect Son. Jesus is our second chance. And His gift of redemption is evidence that His Father is the God of a second chance.

Yet, because we’re in this fleshly body, we continue to sin. So what about when we blow it after we’ve received Him as our personal Savior? What if we just can’t get it right even when we know better? Here are four more ways to know you serve a God of second chances:

1. We serve a God of second chances because Scripture attests to it.

In Psalm 103:10-12 we read this about our God of a second chance:

“He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our guilty deeds.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our wrongdoings from us” (NASB).

If God were to deal with us according to our sins, He’d be punishing us every time we committed an offense against Him. Yet, that next verse in the passage compares God’s mercy and compassion to that of an earthly father who loves his children:

“Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him” (verse 13).

Scripture also tells us of God’s mercy and the second chance He gave Israel’s King David, who knew better than to commit adultery with a married woman, then murder her husband (who happened to be one of his best soldiers) to cover up his sin. When confronted with his offenses by the prophet Nathan, David wrote a beautiful song of confession and reassured us we have a God of a second chance, when he sang:

“Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin…

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise” (Psalm 51:1-2, 17 NIV).

If David, as heinous as his crime, could get a second chance from God, so can

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