Peter is a prime ex­am­ple of God’s de­sire to for­give us

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Does God ever give us a sec­ond chance? I’ve made a lot of dumb mis­takes in the last few years, and I know I need to get on a dif­fer­ent road. But some­times I won­der if God has given up on me, and noth­ing is ever go­ing to change.

God not only gives us a sec­ond chance (as you put it) — but he wants to give us that sec­ond chance! Let this verse from the Bi­ble sink deep into your mind and heart: “But you are a for­giv­ing God, gra­cious and com­pas­sion­ate, slow to anger and abound­ing in love” (Ne­hemiah 9:17).

Do you re­mem­ber Peter, who was one of Je­sus’ clos­est dis­ci­ples? As Je­sus’ en­e­mies grew closer, Peter boldly an­nounced that even if everyone else aban­doned Je­sus, he never would. But af­ter Je­sus was ar­rested, Peter was asked by some by­standers if he was one of Je­sus’ fol­low­ers, and he force­fully de­nied it — not once, but three times. Af­ter­ward, the Bi­ble says, Peter “went out­side and wept bit­terly” (Luke 22:62).

But in­stead of flee­ing or re­nounc­ing his be­lief in Je­sus, Peter re­joined the other dis­ci­ples — and af­ter his res­ur­rec­tion, Je­sus not only for­gave him but com­mis­sioned him to join the other dis­ci­ples in spread­ing the Gospel. Later Peter force­fully de­clared, “Sal­va­tion is found in no one else, for there is no other name un­der heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Don’t be a slave to the past, and don’t be­lieve the devil’s lie that God doesn’t love you. By a sim­ple prayer of faith ask Christ to come into your life. Then make it your goal to strengthen your re­la­tion­ship with him ev­ery day, as you pray and read God’s Word.

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