At church this morning, the topic shared by our pastor was about second chances. Our pastor cited different characters from the Bible; those who sinned big time yet were given second chances by God. This topic is one of my favorite knowing that I, a sinner myself, experienced the beauty of God's free gift which I never really deserved in the first place. Nowadays it's quite easy to let our anger or hatred towards someone get the better of us. To be honest, we're horrendously quick in making judgments. We're terrible at controlling ourselves, whether it be towards temptation, hatred, greed, gluttony — name it! What we have to be reminded of however, is the fact that we totally have no right to feel good about ourselves when we know that someone out there deserves or is waiting for a second chance from us.
During the talk, a short clip on Les Miserables was also shown. A scene where the bishop, being betrayed and cheated, still refused to have the man (Jean Valjean) jailed or punished because of obnoxiously stealing his precious silverware. The scene further explicates God's grace to us. That despite of being rejected, mocked and abused still came down and offered us what we ARE NOT, AT ALL, WORTHY OF. I just love how a simple musical show can illustrate what it means to be justified from sin, rescued from the pit of darkness and loved beyond what words can say. So today, the lesson I learned is. . . that however mad or hurt I felt/feel because of someone, I should always give them the benefit of the doubt. If God, in all His splendor chose to forgive us and make things right, who am I not to do the same?
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