Mercy, Grace, and Being Re-hired

Here’s the final part of the “Wendy’s Devotions”..enjoy!

My general manager has a knack for re-hiring people he’s fired or who have walked out. Usually I (and the crew) am generally glad with the employee’s firing or walking out. But then the GM goes and re-hires ’em. What gives?

It’s taken me almost 2 years to realize that what he’s doing is a noble thing. To give someone a second chance after they’ve hurt or sleighted or given up on you takes some level of patience, forgiveness, and guts. But what makes it so honorable? Well isn’t it just like God? Isn’t that the way God acts?

I mean, we’ve rebelled against Him, spat in His face, shook our fists in His general direction, and crucified His Son on the cross…and yet,He says “come, repent, and I will forgive.” In fact, in one of the greatest ironies of history, our greatest act of rebellion (crucifying Jesus) turns into our only hope for forgiveness. Of all our sin and atrocities, God is willing to show mercy and impart grace to us diseased little vermin if we only believe on Him. He’s willing to give us a second shot at life…just like the GM gives ungrateful, unworthy employees a second chance at a fast-food job..

And all along I was the fool for opposing this…

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”-Romans 5:6-8

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