Luke, Caleb and Randy were all looking for second chances. They were asking people they had hurt to forgive them. But giving a second chance is tough. Why is it so hard to forgive and forget?
How About You?
Have you ever held a grudge when another person has hurt you? Have you ever wanted to stay angry with someone?
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Forgiving someone is tougher than staying angry. Forgiveness is tougher than holding a grudge. Forgiveness can be one of the hardest things you need to do. Remember that with God's help you can forgive.
Throughout the Bible, we see God as someone who gives second chances. Not just second chances, but third chances, fourth, fifth
Even though God's people in the Old Testament kept going away from Him, God would call them back with his prophets. He would help them and show them His love and forgiveness.
When Jesus came, he came to change people's lives. People who had really messed up their lives were given a new life with Jesus.
In the New Testament, one man Saul, who tried to jail and kill new Christians, received a second chance and a new changed life! You can read the story of how Jesus changed Saul's life in Acts 9:1-31. When he later became known as Paul, he would go on to write in 2 Corinthians 5:17:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Not forgiving can really hurt. It can separate us from a good friendship or from someone we love. Is there someone you know who needs a second chance? Forgiveness is risky and it's hard, but that other person who needs forgiveness might be trying to find a way to make things better too.