And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry (Read Luke 15:11-24).
God is a merciful God. He is compassionate toward us, and He offers forgiveness of sins. O how He loves us! Our God is the God of second chances. How many times have we failed the Lord, and walked away from Him just like the prodigal son, while on our Christian journeys? Satan would have us to believe that when we have fallen, we cannot get back up again! Like the prodigal son, we may have thought we were no longer worthy to be called a child of God! However, because of the grace and mercy of God, we can get back up again! Our Father is waiting with arms open wide to receive us again unto Himself! Many were recidivists or backsliders, who had turned away from the Lord time and time again. Yet by the redemptive blood of Jesus Christ when returning again unto Him with a contrite and repentant heart, He will forgive our sins and give us the awesome privilege of calling Him Abba, Father, once again! When we have sinned and come short of the glory of God, II Corinthians 5:18-19 says, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given us the ministry of reconciliation; To whit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” It is not the will of God that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God, but though our sins be as scarlet He will wash us whiter than snow, and restore us anew! Praise the Lord! Aren’t you glad our Redeemer liveth?
Our God is faithful, just, and willing to forgive our sins. However, we are not to continue in sin. In fact, the Word of God tells us that we are to reckon ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin. We must let not sin therefore reign in our mortal bodies, that we should obey it in its lusts thereof. Romans 6:1-2 says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Thank God, we have been given the privilege, to rise and walk in newness of life by the power of the Holy Spirit! Therefore, we must strive to be filled with the Holy Spirit! He who the Son has set free, is free indeed! No longer must we live under the bondage of sin. – Lord, I thank you and I give you praise, for being the God of second chances! Had it not been for your grace and mercy through Christ Jesus, we would be hopelessly lost in sin! I thank you for the times you have reconciled us back unto Yourself, though we were unworthy! When we fell short of your glory, you allowed us to dust ourselves off, and to get back up again. I bless your holy name, and I say thank you! Amen. God is so good! When I think on the goodness of Jesus, and all He has done for me, my soul cries out Hallelujah! I praise God for saving me! Today, you have been given another chance. What are you going to do with it? May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!