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[God] has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
— Colossians 1:22 (NIV)
“I want a do-over!” my eight-year-old grandson cried out. He did not like the consequences of the choice he had made in a game he and some other children were playing. He wanted a second chance — to undo what he had done.
Many of us are held hostage by the past, living with regret and fear, burdened by shame, or bowed down by guilt. Thoughts like these condemn us: if only I could unsay my harsh words; if only the wrongs I did could be righted; if only I had taken a path different from the one I took. If only I could have a “do-over.”
The good news for us is that God is the God of new beginnings! God loves us and does not want us to remain stuck in the past. No matter what we have done, God can and will forgive us. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, God carried all our guilt and shame to the cross. God is willing and able to create in us clean hearts, to forgive our failures, and to remember them no more.
The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” That’s the ultimate “do-over!”
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