GUEST POST — Linda Shenton Matchett
Today I’m happy to welcome author Linda Shenton Matchett as she discusses forgiveness and how our God is a God of second chances.
Forgiveness is a difficult thing. When others hurt us, we may find it difficult to forgive them, even after they’ve given us a heartfelt apology. We also struggle with forgiving ourselves. Despite the fact that Christ has forgiven and forgotten our past sins, we insist on dragging them around with us and allowing them to hinder our progress. When we do manage to cast them aside, Satan pulls them out and waves them in front of us.
The closest thing I come to golfing is a course with windmills, flamingos, and pirate ships, so I’m not versed in the vocabulary at all. But I learned one golf term several years ago from a co-worker who was a golf pro. The inside of his wedding ring was engraved with the word “mulligan” because he and his wife had remarried after divorcing many years before.
According to Wikipedia, a mulligan is “a second chance to perform an action, usually after the first chance went wrong through bad luck or blunder.” Every spring the U.S. Masters tournament, one of four major championships in professional golf is held in Augusta, Georgia. You can be sure that no one is allowed a mulligan.
Fortunately for us, God is a God of second chances, a God who regularly provided His people with a mulligan, a “do over,” if you will. For example, Rahab was a prostitute, yet is part of our Lord’s lineage. Or consider Paul who persecuted Christians, yet became a great missionary.
Do you sometimes wish there was a rewind button in your life? Have you said or done something you regret? Perhaps you are arguing with God about a task he would have. It’s not too late for a mulligan. Your second chance may be less dramatic than that of Bible characters, but it’s no less miraculous. And it’s available for the asking.
One of the themes in my latest publication, Under Fire, is forgiveness. Follow protagonist Ruth Brown as she seeks justice for her sister, and finds forgiveness in the process.
Readers: What is your favorite Bible story about forgiveness?
Linda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, and author. Her most recent book, Under Fire, was just released by eLectio Publishing. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life. She is a docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Click here (eepurl.com/cp_SRL) to sign up for Linda’s newsletter and receive a free devotional, Devotions from a Writer.