• Erin Lucas

Making a Comeback

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” I feel like this phrase haunts a lot of people whether its a job interview, a first date, or a new social situation. There is a lot of pressure to make that good first impression because there is no coming back from it if all goes badly.

I’ll be honest and say that I struggle to give second chances. If someone leaves me with a bad impression, I tend to hold on to that even though I don’t know them or their circumstances that may have led them to that negative first impression.

I also tend to carry that over into my own spiritual life. I know that I am a sinner in need of a Savior, so whenever I mess up, I think, “If I struggle with giving second chances, then surely God must too. Why should God give me a second chance?”

In John chapter 21 Peter was feeling the sting of this. He had just denied Jesus 3 times (John 18:15-27) after promising that he would never do such a thing (Matthew 26:35).

Peter was so distraught that, even after seeing Jesus alive after His death, he went back to fishing. He must have felt an overwhelming feeling of shame and guilt for betraying His Lord. He felt like he would never be able to come back from this, so He might as well go back to fishing.

Do you ever feel like you’ve messed up so much or gone so far that God can’t possibly use you? I know I have and if you have as well then you’re probably in the same boat as Peter.

But here is some encouragement for you today in Psalm 103:10.

Psalm 103:10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

The thing that Peter was fearful of, the cross proved it a lie. Peter thought he would never be enough again for Jesus, that he would never be able to make a comeback but the cross declares that if you are found in Jesus you are enough. Jesus did the work on the cross that makes being in a right relationship with Jesus possible, even though we mess up. If we turn to Him with repentance and believe that the cross was enough to cover our sins, we are welcomed back into His arms every single time.

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