“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” — Mark 11:25
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The New England Patriots have had a history of giving players like Randy Moss, Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and Albert Haynesworth second (and even third) chances. These athletes have encountered many troubling incidents while on other teams including drug abuse, unsportsmanlike behavior while on the field, and other team distractions. Although talented, they probably wouldn’t have received another shot from many other teams. However, the Patriots seem to be a team that gives people a second chance to play the game of football. I truly believe this is incredible and an example of God’s grace.
What is grace? Grace is unmerited favor. Because God has allowed His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, He has allowed us to have His grace. All we have to do is repent to God, believe in Jesus Christ and make Him the Lord and Savior of our lives. He forgives us when we repent of our sins — “repentance” means to ask God for forgiveness and turn away from sin.
God’s forgiveness is amazing and I’m so thankful for it! God forgives us so we must do the same for others. Pray for those who have wronged you (Matthew 5:44) and pray for those who continually make bad decisions. Those who are doing wrong are really crying out for help though they may not know it.
If you are having problems forgiving others, ask God to humble you so that you can look at your own flaws, and remember that God provides you with grace. Also, pray that God will help you forgive others and He will answer your prayer (John 14:13-14). Keep in mind that your refusal to forgive others can block the blessing of His forgiveness of you: “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” (Mark 11:25).
Is holding a grudge worth it? Never. Give everyone a second chance (and even a third or fourth chance) because God has given you chance after chance (Matthew 5:7). Thank the Lord for second chances!
— Travis Wilson
(Today’s devotional was submitted by the author from “Let’s Go! Weekly Devotions for Godly Competition in the Game of Life”)
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