THE ULTIMATE DO-OVER
Read 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21
[God] has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body
through death to present you holy in his sight,
without blemish and free from accusation.
“I want a do-over!” my eight-year-old grandson cried
out. He did not like the consequences of the choice he had
made in a game he and some other children were playing. He
wanted a second chance — to undo what he had done.
Many of us are held hostage by the past, living with regret
and fear, burdened by shame, or bowed down by guilt.
Thoughts like these condemn us: if only I could unsay my
harsh words; if only the wrongs I did could be righted; if only I
had taken a path different from the one I took. If only I could
have a “do-over.”
The good news for us is
that God is the God of new
beginnings! God loves us
and does not want us to
remain stuck in the past.
No matter what we have
done, God can and will forgive us. Through the sacrifice of
Jesus, God carried all our guilt and shame to the cross. God
is willing and able to create in us clean hearts, to forgive our
failures, and to remember them no more.
The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians, “If anyone is in
Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new
is here!” That’s the ultimate “do-over!”
Prayer: Holy Father, help us to put our past wrongs behind
us. Create in us clean hearts and begin new life in us. Amen.
Karen H. Perez (Georgia)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE STRUGGLING WI TH GUILT
— Colossians 1: 22 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
Through the power of Christ,
I can have new life.