Do Over!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!” II Corinthians 5:17 NIV

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:11-12 NIV

Each new sunrise, each new day is a fresh start, a new chance to begin again.

When I was a kid, and yes, I know that was a long time ago! If we messed up something, we would shout out, “Do over!” If I missed the whole backboard when I was shooting the basketball into the basket, I would call out “Do over!” to get another chance. And, if everyone else agreed (and they usually did, because they would probably need a “do over” too), I would get to take that shot over again. It was just like that first one never happened.

Because God loves us so much, He lets us have a “do over” each and every day, or even more often, if we need it! When we believe in Jesus, that He is God’s Son, that He came to earth at Christmas, that He lived, and that He died on the cross for us and arose on the third day, then we become “new creations”! The old is gone and we are made new. God now sees us through our faith in Jesus as His precious children. Yay!

When we mess up, God still always loves and forgives us. We just have to ask Him for His forgiveness. Then God lets us start fresh, begin anew. He gives us a “do over”! We do our best not to mess up again, but sometimes we do. Our God is so wonderful that He gives another “do over” when we need it. He forgives us and moves our sins (our mess ups) far away from us, “as far as the east is from the west”.

This week, leave the old you behind and let God make you a new creation. Let God give you a “do over”. Think of something you did that you need to ask for God’s forgiveness. We all have things we have done that we know don’t please God. Your parents can help you if you have trouble. Maybe they can share one with you, too.

Pray and ask for forgiveness. Take a deep breath, and you get to start anew. A precious child of a loving and forgiving God, who just got a “do over”. Feel better? I always do, too.

Blessings and forgiveness and grace-filled “do overs” from God our Father!

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