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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Learning to Trust God for a Second (or Third or Fourth) Chance

In review of Romans 5:1 it says, “By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God.”

Bottom Line:
We have been made acceptable to God by our faith. This peace has come because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

What this means to me:
I have been made acceptable to God by my faith. This peace has come because of what Jesus Christ my Lord has done for me. Jesus is all about providing second chances when I stumble, and I really need this. I can be grateful that his mercies are new every morning. Jesus tells us, “I didn’t come to condemn the world. I came to save it.” That means God doesn’t stand behind me and shake his head disapprovingly when I blew it. Also, I don’t need to feel to ashamed about my past failures. God isn’t ashamed of me. This is good news! A better approach for me is to accept that God loves me completely, totally, and unconditionally. Because Jesus died in my place on the cross, I am completely acceptable to God. Romans 5:1 says, “By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God” (CEV). God wants to give me his best, no matter how many times I have and will fail. The Bible reminds me that i have complete access to God and his power, if I choose to know him. Also, I can do this now, I don’t have to wait until I get my life together. I’ll get all the amazing benefits of being a child of God today! With this in mind, I can move forward in life being completely and totally transformed. Just keep in mind God’s unconditional, continuous, and never-ending love for me. So as I look toward setting and achieving some new goals, I’ll internalize the truth that God loves me despite my failures. He longs to walk with me as I try to progress this year. So instead of letting my past failures define my future, I’ll remember that God has a great love for me and move forward..

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