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1 Timothy 1:12-17

Second Chance

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1 Timothy 1:12-17

Second Chance

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Have you ever wished you could have a second chance? Perhaps you struck out playing baseball and wished you could try again. Maybe you did not do well on a test at school and wished you had studied harder. Maybe you were hurtful to someone and wished you could take back what you said.

Today’s lesson is found in a letter written by the Apostle Paul to his young friend, Timothy, who was a new Christian. Paul talked about this very thing – having a second chance.

In the letter Paul admits that he did some bad things before he accepted God’s love. He used bad words, was rude, disrespectful, and hurtful to Christians. He tells Timothy that he was the very worst sinner. He made terrible mistakes.

Then he writes of how he met Jesus and learned about faith and love. He says that Jesus was patient with him. Paul was given a chance to make things right and he became a strong Christian who served God with faith and love. When he knew better he was able to do better.

God gives all of us a second chance. When we feel sorry for our bad behavior and ask for God’s forgiveness, God is patient with us. God’s Spirit of Love teaches us how to be more loving. His Spirit guides us in knowing right from wrong. When we know better we can do better.

Use your second chance to serve God with faith and love.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan