I’m an admitted bookaholic. (Just check out the teetering stacks beside my bed and the multiple pages of loaded books on the Kindle.) I usually read books as an entertaining escape and a way to explore the lives of other people in other times and places.

However, I recently read a book that left me with a different message. Susan May Warren’s Sons of Thunder is set in the 1920s through World War II and tells the story of two brothers who fled Greece with a price on their heads and sought refuge with an uncle in prohibition-era Chicago. A young woman from their village also made the trip and was under their care until gangster wars suck them into a disaster and separate the direction of their lives. Each makes life-altering mistakes, yet there is one lesson each must learn before the dramatic conclusion back in Europe and Greece fighting the Nazis.

God is the God of second, third, fourth, and even fifth chances. Even when we don’t feel like we deserve another chance at grace, He still holds out His hand in love. Not because we deserve it. But because of Who He is. It’s in God’s nature to love and pursue us. To turn His back on His creation is to deny the essence of Himself. He forgives even the worst of sinners.

And because we’ve received that amazing grace, we are then able to offer grace to others who have hurt us. Not because they deserve it. But because of what God has done for us.

So, when I feel like I’ve messed up one too many times, God’s message of love and forgiveness echoes through my heart. And then gives me the strength to extend the hand of mercy to others.

Just think. He used a novel to remind me of the truth.

What about you? Do you ever feel like you’ve messed up one too many times? Do you find it hard to forgive others who’ve failed? Are the two interconnected?

One More Chance
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