The worst thing a Christian can do is make a mistake. Is this a true or false statement? The Scripture declares clearly from God’s perspective that this is a false statement. God made us; He created us and He made us free moral beings with the ability to choose to do right or wrong. When He breathed into man life, He formed him with the option to make mistakes. It was never God’s intent for man to sin, but the ability has always been there.
As a result of people having this ability, God has provided in each dispensation a means or an avenue whereby those who make mistakes can be reconciled or restored to full fellowship with Him. God is our Father, our Creator, our provider, and our friend. He is a friend who cares; He’s a friend whose compassion is unmatched; He’s a friend who empathizes with His creation. He is a real true friend.
So, making mistakes in God’s eyes is not the worst thing you and I can do. The worst thing we can do is pretend that we have never made mistakes. We all have made our share of mistakes (Rom. 6:23). If we say that we haven’t made mistakes, then we are lairs (I Jo. 1:8, 10).
King David is referred in Scripture as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). The million-dollar question is how can a man who committed adultery, had a man murdered and lied to cover his sins be called this? Today, could David ever be allowed to preach another sermon, teach another Bible class, lead another prayer or song, or serve the Lord’s communion?
The “big” question is not will you or I make a mistake? It is not possible for us to live without making a mistake. The “big” question is can I give my brother, sister, or friend a “second chance?” Can I forgive and treat the person as if the incident had never occurred? God can! Isn’t this great news to know that we serve a God who can and will give anyone a second chance?
When Nathan confronted King David with his sin, note two things - David’s confession and God’s response. In 2 Samuel 12:13, “So David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has put away your sin you shall not die.” Now, there were consequences for David’s sins. But God gave him a second chance and David made good with the opportunity given him by God.
Are you a person who is in need of a second chance? God, your friend, understands and desires to offer you exactly what He offered David. Never forget our God is a God of Second Chances. The Psalmist wrote, “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ And You forgave the iniquity of my sin” (Psa. 32:5). God is waiting to give you a second chance!