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A New Year: Another Chance

Happy New Year! I'm sure 2020 will bring many blessings, and many challenges to each of us. A new year is a fresh start, a clean slate, a brand new beginning. A new year represents another chance: a chance to learn the lessons we should've learned, to make needed changes, to do it differently this time. Another chance to get it right.

Fortunately for us, God is the God of second chances. From the beginning, He has showed us over and over that we can always choose to start over, and do it differently this time. God knows that, although He created man in His own image, we are tainted by sin. God knows that we are going to mess this up. He knows us, inside and out. And knowing us as He does, He says to us, "You have another chance."

It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness. (Lam. 3:22-23)

From the very beginming, creation itself shows us that morning always follows even the darkest night. No matter how bad the darkness may be, there is the promise of a bright dawn, a new day, another chance. No matter what darkness you may be dealing with, as long as you still have breath in your body, you still have another chance.

Throughout the Bible, we see Israel suffering the consequences of their disobedience to God's commands. And over and over again, we see God giving them another chance. Never does He completely abandon His people, then or now. That's the whole message of the gospel, in a nutshell: Jesus saves us from our sins, our mistakes, our darkness. He fixes what is broken, heals what is hurting, and loves us with an everlasting love. Nothing is ever so bad that God cannot forgive, nothing is ever so broken that God cannot fix it, nothing is ever impossible with God!

A new year is the perfect time to let go of the past and start a brand new page in your life. If you are already a Christian, this is a good time to examine your heart, and renew your committment if necessary. If you've never before placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, this is the perfect time to do so. He has given you another chance to receive Him as your Lord and Savior. When you do, you receive all the promises of God to His children, including a new life and a home in heaven for all eternity.There is no need to stay in darkness: a new day and a new year is here, and a new life in Jesus Christ!

Happy New Year!


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