What If We Gave Everyone a Second Chance?

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A woman in Guthrie, Oklahoma had her wallet stolen while shopping, but instead of turning in the culprit, she saw an opportunity for kindness. Jessica Eaves realized her wallet had been taken by a man a few aisles over from her in a local grocery store, but she didn’t call the authorities. Instead, she approached him directly. 

“I said to him, ‘I think you have something of mine. I’m gonna give you a choice. You can either give me my wallet and I’ll forgive you right now, and I’ll even take you to the front and pay for your groceries.” explained Eaves. Otherwise, she said, she would have reported him to the police.

The man returned the woman’s wallet, and Eaves proceeded to the front of the store, where she paid for his $27 worth of groceries. The man was extremely grateful, Eaves said.

“The last thing he said was, ‘I’ll never forget tonight. I’m broke, I have kids, I’m embarrassed and I’m sorry.'” she said. “Some people are critical because I didn’t turn him in, but sometimes all you need is a second chance.”

We live in a time of easy lawsuits, social slander, and critical mindsets. When someone wants to do something nice for us, our thoughts automatically go to, “What’s the catch? How much is this going to cost me?”

It’s sad but the air of negativity has suffocated kindness in our society, as well as our churches. And perish the thought someone messes up because they truly cannot live it down! Though we may not say it aloud, no one is afforded a second chance anymore.

The story above, which took place a little over a week ago is a story of second chances. When the Angel at Jesus’ tomb told the ladies to go get the disciples, he singled out Peter. Why? Do assure the one who has denied Christ a second chance!

True Christian love “thinketh no evil” and “rejoiceth not in iniquity.” It “suffers long, and is kind.” The love we should show according to the Bible, should bear, believe, hope, and endure all things.

I know it’s easier said than done. But it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to love this way. After all, if we walk in the Spirit, didn’t God promise we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh? The lust to condemn, criticize, and cruelly treat others.

The fact is this: you’ll get hurt. Your family will be the subject of gossip. And sometimes, offenders will be so brazen that tact will be thrown out the window. But that’s okay because if we are to truly walk as Christ walked, we’ll provide them with a second chance… and a third and a fourth… you get the point.

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