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We Need A Mulligan For Sin

Ephesians 1:7

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amCan any reader remember doing anything we were sorry for later? Yes – I really did ask that question! Can any of us remember anything that we wish we hadn’t done? Anything we wish we could take back? Anything that we knew was a mistake the minute we did it or said it?

In golf – when someone hits a bad shot – mostly on tee-shots – they might ask their playing partners for a mulligan – some might just say they are taking a mulligan – a do over. In life – there are few places where do overs are. Most often we have to sleep in the bed we’ve madedeal with the cards that we selected.

I’m sure that Russell Wilson would like a mulligan on his last throw in Super Bowl LXLIX against the New England Patriots in 2015. Do you remember the interception in the end zone? I would also imagine that Pete Carroll would like a mulligan on the play call – just saying! I know some Seahawk fans wish they could call for a mulligan for sure.

Again – most places in life do not allow mulligans or do overs. When we make mistakes – we normally have to live with them. I remember the time I didn’t have enough patience to wait for a friend of my father’s Pontiac Firebird in mink condition. I was too impatient and let a great car slip through my fingers at a great price because I made the decision to buy something else NOW rather than WAIT for the Firebird later. I sure wish I had that one to do over again. I have often battled with delayed gratification. Is anyone reading this devotional able to identify/relate? I did buy one of my favorite cars – a red mustang – but I should have waited.

Sin is often caused by our inability to wait. Just think about the times when a failure to wait caused us pain – caused us to sin. Were we able to wait on God’s timing for things in our lives or were we unable to delay our gratification? Were we able to wait and save ourselves for our spouse for instance? How many mulligans would some of us need on that account? Remember how Sarah couldn’t wait for God’s promise to her and Abraham? Remember the mess that caused? A mulligan would have been helpful.

God has this wonderful thing called grace – unmerited favor. God is in the business of giving life mulligans – as we confess and repent of our sins. God is in the business of forgiving our sins – our failed choices. In today’s passage we read – Ephesians 1:7 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

Even though we are called to strive to do the right thing – even all the time – the reality is we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We are all in need of God’s grace – God’s forgiveness. We are all in need of Jesus – the Messiah – the King of Kings – the Lord of Lords. Let us confess and repent (being sorrowful and grieving) of our sins and seek His face while we desire His grace. The forgiveness of sins is God’s mulligan for all who turn to Him for this freely given gift!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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