Friday, March 15, 2019

“When it comes to God…… We can't run out of second chances...only time.”

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. – St John the evangelist: (15 – 100AD: The Beloved Disciple)

Scripture Text: (EZ 18:21-28)
Thus says the Lord GOD:
If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed,
if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,
he shall surely live, he shall not die.
None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;
he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced.
Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?
says the Lord GOD.
Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way
that he may live?

And if the virtuous man turns from the path of virtue to do evil,
the same kind of abominable things that the wicked man does,
can he do this and still live?
None of his virtuous deeds shall be remembered,
because he has broken faith and committed sin;
because of this, he shall die.
You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!"
Hear now, house of Israel:
Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?
When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,
it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.
But if the wicked, turning from the wickedness he has committed,
does what is right and just,
he shall preserve his life;
since he has turned away from all the sins that he committed,
he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Just because one has previously made a mistake does not make that person a mistake. There are second chances in life. God will acknowledge our conversion and react accordingly. But the opposite is true too. We cannot sit on our laurels. A virtuous person who turns from righteousness and acts in an evil manner will be held responsible for those actions as well. We have the choice to do good or to do evil. But if we make a mistake or we start off on the wrong track, we can change our path, and change our lives.

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