If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9
Let me ask, as you look back on your life, what would you change? What would you do differently if you were given a second chance?
* One person, when asked that question, said, “I regret having lived the first part of my life as a follower. I’ve done much of what I’ve done just because somebody told me to. If I could start over again tomorrow, I would ask more questions and seek more answers. When someone tells me ‘no,’ I would ask, ‘Why not?’ When someone tells me ‘yes,’ I would want to know why.”
* Another individual said, “If I could do things over, I would tell my mom and dad I loved them more than I did while I had them on earth. I would have not worried about things that really do not matter that much.”
Yes, most of us have things we would like to do over, including some things that are sinful. Do you need an example or two? How about the person who said,
* “If I could go back in time to two years ago, I would have never cheated on my wife, would have made her happy, and tried to be with her every day.”
* “If I could go back to one year ago, I would have never said all the awful things I did to my son. I would never have let him leave the house.”
For a do over all we need to do is really want that change to take place, go to the one who can make change possible (Jesus), ask for forgiveness for the past and strength to follow Jesus into all the steps that may be required for recovering the past, the renewal of the present, and the restoration of the future.
Dear Lord, there are many things I have done wrong and would like to do over and change. Today I am thankful Jesus’ grace covers my flaws, falsity, foolishness and sin. May I know to turn to him that I may be renewed, in and through Jesus. Amen.
Grace and Peace