Fresh Starts Second Chances

Life with Jesus is about a fresh start a second Chance.  Whatever do you mean? I can have a fresh start, a second chance after everything I have done? You bet!  But I lie, I swear, I cheat, I drink too much, I use drugs, I sleep around, and I have even stolen things. If any of this is your story, Jesus is waiting arms wide open ready to forgive you. He is ready to help you FORGIVE YOURSELF.  Oh yes, did I forget that part, to truly have a second chance, not only do you have to invite Jesus, you have to forgive yourself.  But the beauty of it is Jesus will help you forgive yourself. Yes, salvation is the way to Heaven it is only through Jesus John 14:6 states that Jesus is the way the truth and the life.  But after that, he commands us to Love one another. John 13:34-35.  Jesus says love one another as I have loved you.  But if you are riddled with guilt because you have never forgiven yourself; then you give fuel to the enemy. Just as Judas’ greed opened the door for the enemy, so does your self-loathing. The big point is we are unable to love others, truly love them as Jesus does if we don’t love ourselves Mark 12:30-31. How do I know, because I have been a Christian for decades.  However, until I learned to love myself, then I could only partially love others. But once I started forgiving myself, I became able to see myself as Jesus sees me.  Jesus sees each of us as a beautiful creation. Hebrews chapter 10 tells us that through Christ’s sacrifice, we are made new, holy.  If I see myself as an ugly sinner, which we all are, instead of a new creation through Jesus Christ, then I have not forgiven myself.  Yes, I still sin, we all do. However, because Christ has wiped those old sins away and continues to do so, every time I ask for forgiveness; I am a new creature. You are a new creature. What you did in your past, even if the past was 2 minutes ago; does not matter.  What matters is what you continue to do for His kingdom. Living your life loving others, giving others the second chance, the fresh start that you have been given.

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