by Dr. Charles Stanley
Friday August 20, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
The Offer of a Second Chance
I have never met a person who didn't have a past. Never have I spoken with a man or a woman who did not have a "yesterday," a "last week," or a "last year." And if someone has a past, you can be sure he has some mistakes scattered throughout it.
If every one of us has a past, then why do we so often feel isolated, alone, and ashamed of what was done "once upon a time"? Why do we allow the shadows of our past to darken our today?
The answer is a matter of perspective. When we look back at our lives, we usually see past mistakes through the lens of guilt, remorse, or fear of judgment. The old axiom says that hindsight is 20/20 - what we once accepted as permissible behavior may now shock us as we realize the gravity of something we did.
But how does our heavenly Father look at us? Is He hampered by the same dirty lenses through which we look? No, He sees us with crystal clarity. That means He sees us completely, but He is free of the guilt and remorse that color our perceptions.
More than that, He looks upon us with the perfect grace and forgiveness that only He can offer. Though our mistakes may hurt Him, the Lord regards us in love. If you have faced your sin problem and accepted the forgiveness made available in Christ, then you can be sure that you are now living a life of second chances. For the rest of your life, you have the joy of knowing that you are forgiven.
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