A story of second chances

Daily reading: 2 Corinthians 2:1-10
Sunday May 29, 2016

Focus passage: This is why you should try your best to forgive and to comfort this person now instead, so that this person isn’t overwhelmed by too much sorrow. 2 Corinthians 7

I can remember quiet clearly the day that I crashed my mom’s car.  I had just turned 16 and was in a part of downtown St. Louis that my dad had asked me not to go to and I got into a car accident.  There was no hiding the fact that I did exactly the opposite of what my dad had asked me to do.  My mom had to come and get me and my friend because my dad was so angry with me. 

So the next day after a long night of not sleeping my dad finally came into my room and I really thought he was going to give me a long angry lecture and instead he just asked if I wanted to go and get some ice cream with him.  I said sure and he handed me the keys to his car, the one I hadn’t crashed.  At first I hesitated and he said you know Leslie you’ll have to get behind the wheel again.  It was my second chance, not to mention a moment of mercy and compassion on behalf of my dad.

Paul reminds us that in healthy Christian communities it is vital that we practice the spiritual discipline of forgiveness.

We practice forgiveness because we embrace the forgiveness that God has given to us.  God forgives us even when we don’t believe we deserve it because God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing.

Prayer:  God help me to embrace forgiveness for myself and for others.  Be known in the mending of my brokenness and in the broken relationships in my life.  Amen. 


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