In I Timothy 1:15, Paul writes, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” It is verses like this in the Bible that causes me to think and sing to myself the song “Your Grace and Mercy.” The chorus and first stanza of the song are:
Your grace and mercy,
Brought me through
I’m living this moment
Because of You
I want to thank You, and praise You too
Your grace and mercy,
Brought me through.
Thank You for saving a sinner like me
to tell the world salvation is free
there were times when I just didn’t do right
but You watched over me
all day and night.
As Paul sat in the Roman prison, it’s possible that he did some reflecting over his life. The great servant of God was looking death in the face, but he was not fearful; the great servant of God was about to become a “drink offering” to God, and for this he welcomed and looked forward. He was preparing to say good-bye to this world and hello to Abraham’s bosom. What was it that had given this servant of God such great peace? It was God’s grace and mercy; it was giving him a sinner a second chance. As he reflected back to his experience on the road to Damascus where his life flashed before him, He was privileged to see the condition of his life. He saw a man assuming he was on God’s team but was fighting against Him. In his mind, he could remember Christians that he had removed from their homes and families; he could see some he had beaten and others even put to death.
Now, he was days from his spirit returning to God who gave it and it being sent to “that place” until the Day of Judgment. This time in his life was so peaceful because back on the road to Damascus, God gave him directions that led him to obeying the gospel of Christ and receiving a second chance. Over the years, Paul’s life had reflected his deep appreciation to God for saving a sinner like him. It doesn’t matter what you have done or what you are wrestling with right now – God is ready to give you a second chance. Someone at the moment is carrying a burden, a heavy load and feeling that no person cares for his or her soul. Someone needs to be told that the God we serve is a God of Second Chances.
Will you tell someone about our God; will you tell someone that God is a God of Second Chances. Tell them about God’s grace and mercy and it will help them as it assisted the Apostle Paul to keep on keeping on. May God bless you with a peaceful day!