A Second Chance Now
By Dr. Charles Stanley
We are to live by grace just as we were saved by grace.
Sometimes your burdens may seem endless. You repeatedly go through the same trial, making the same mistakes. The last time through, you thought you had truly mastered this area of your life. However, now you realize that it continues to cause you pain.
You question if God has abandoned you or if you have displeased Him so greatly that He would allow this suffering to persist. You wonder if you will ever learn the lesson God desires to teach you.
Take heart; the Lord loves you, He is with you, and He will never forsake you. He allows the trials in your life because He desires to give you freedom through them and show you His love.
Romans 5:3-5 teaches, "We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit."
Through your troubles, God develops perseverance, character, hope, and the ability to accept His abundant love. Theresa of Avila wrote, "We have always seen that those who were closest to Christ our Lord were those with the greatest trials."
He is drawing you close through this repeated problem. Do not despair. Cling to Him and He will fill you with His love.
Excerpt from In Touch magazine. Subscribe to In Touch magazine free here.
If you have wondered if God will always love you, you can know for sure that He will. You have peace with Him because you have been justified, and no one can ever take that away. So why do you keep failing? And will God really forgive you if you continue to do so? (Listen to A Second Chance Now.)
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