Theme: God is the God of second chances.
1. Titus 2:11 says, “For the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation for all people”. Jesus’ salvation is for everyone, even those who make mistakes. Think of a time when you were given a second chance. How did it make you feel? Think of a time when you gave someone else a second chance. Why did you do it?
2. Luke 19:1-10 tells the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector. In those times, tax collectors cheated people out of their money. People hated them because they weren’t honest. Jesus comes to town and asks Zacchaeus to come to his house to eat with him. Jesus looks past Zacchaeus’ sin and sees his heart. Think about how Jesus gave Zacchaeus a second chance as you listen to today’s program.
For the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation for all people.
A: He was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave.
A: He decided to return to Ireland to tell them about God and his love for them.
In this episode, Liz learns the story of St. Patrick. Liz, like St. Patrick, wants to help those who have kidnapped him. Do you think that sharing God is more important than getting revenge? It's hard to imagine sharing God’s love with people who have treated you badly. Think of the story of Jonah. God told him to preach to the people of Nineveh. The people of Nineveh had killed, kidnapped and tortured his people. Jonah ran away because he didn't want to help them!
But God offers forgiveness and second chances to all people. Are you willing to tell even your worst enemies about God's grace? Are you willing to show God's grace in your own life?
God gives you second (and third and fourth…) chances when you make a mistake. God wants you to give others a second chance, too. Think of times when you might need to give someone a second chance (someone breaks your toy, cheats at a game, calls you a name, takes something that’s yours). Write some of these down. Pray and thank God for giving you many second chances. Ask him to remind you to give others around you second chances as well.