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Moving Quotes From The Book Second Chance, Second Act

Everyone makes mistakes. No one is exempted. It can be insignificant or it can be consequential that materially affects one’s life. Either way, failure doesn’t have to be fatal.

Second Chance, Second Act, written by Robert Jeffress shows practical and biblical guide on how to recover from mistakes and points us to the redemption of Christ that no matter how bad was the result of our past decisions and actions, we have a second chance that requires a second act.

  • The bad news is that we can’t rewrite history. You can’t really start over because life has no Rewind button. The good news is that your mistake can actually be a steppingstone to greater success in life.
  • Your biggest mess can be transformed into your greater success by applying the principles from God’s Word.
  • Sometimes, the most painful mistakes we make aren’t what we do but what we fail to do.
  • The richest ground on planet earth is not found in the diamond fields of South Africa or the oil fields of West Texas. The richest ground on earth is the cemetery, for in it we find bodies containing speeches that were never given, books that were never written, songs that were never sung, and dreams that were never fulfilled. – Les Brown
  • You and I inhabit bodies that have been contaminated with sin and predispose us to continually make wrong choices for which we must experience both temporary and eternal consequences.
  • While it may seem unjust that we are held responsible for Adam and Eve’s mistake, God does offer us a way out. He paid the cost of forgiving our sins and renovating our lives by sending Christ to die for us. The only thing more unfair than our being held responsible for Adam’s mistake is our being forgiven because of Jesus’s perfection.
  • In spite of your slip-ups, mess-ups, and blow-ups, God not only loves you, but He likes you. A lot.
  • You will never be able to move beyond your mistakes until you realize that God is willing to move beyond your mistakes.
  • Just as God is under no obligation to offer you grace to free you from the eternal consequences of your mistakes, He is under no obligation to provide you with anything beyond that invaluable Get Out of Hell Free Card. But that doesn’t stop Him! God’s undeserved generosity – grace – affects our lives on this side of the grave as well.


  • God’s grace can actually transform your worst mistakes into a prelude for a great second act in your life.
  • To forgive means “to release, to let go of.” If someone hurts you, you have a choice about your response to the offense. You can hold on to it and demand your pound of flesh from the offender. Or you can choose to release your offender from his wrong. Forgiving means surrendering your right to hurt someone for hurting you.
  • Jesus chose to take the punishment we deserve from God for our mistakes. He felt the full brunt of God’s anger when He hung on the cross in our place. He accepted the full blast of God’s wrath on our behalf.
  • Those who have allowed Christ to pay for their mistakes never need to worry about having to pay again themselves. One payment is enough. Some of Jesus’s final words from the cross were “It is finished” (John 19:30), which actually means “paid in full.”
  • The Hebrew word translated forgiven means “to separate.” When God forgives us, He separates us from our sin. For all our talk about “hating the sin but loving the sinner,” we mortals are able to pull that off.
  • While it is difficult to hide our mistakes from other people, it’s impossible to hide them from God. But that doesn’t stop us from trying, does it?
  • Your greatest failure doesn’t have to be your grand finale. God’s willingness to forgive your mistake results in more than simply wiping the slate clean and allowing you a fresh start. God is able to transform any mess into success.
  • No matter the size scope of your mistake, God can not only forgive it, but He can reshape it for your good and His glory. In fact, the bigger the mistake, the bigger the opportunity God has to demonstrate His willingness to forgive and His power to transform.
  • Your greatest humiliation in life can set the stage for the greatest use of your life if you follow the instruction of the Divine Director.
  • If God is in control of everything that happens in His creation, then everything also includes your mistakes. Your divorce, your failed business venture, your lapse of morality, your missed opportunities, or your poor choices may result in some painful consequences, but they do not loosen God’s grip on the direction of your life. God is still in control. Your failure is no match for God’s sovereignty.
  • Somehow God was able to use the moral failure of others to accomplish His plans for you. If God can use other people’s mistakes for good, why are we surprised that He can use our mistakes to achieve His purpose?
  • God’s detailed plan for your life – a plan that even includes your failures – doesn’t mean you’re not responsible for your actions.
  • Ultimately, it’s impossible for our finite minds to grasp the workings of our infinite God.
  • God’s sovereignty means that our blow-ups don’t mess up His plan for us.
  • Failures can be transformed into success, but the transformation doesn’t occur automatically.
  • Since that episode in Eden, we’ve all become rather adept at the same sport. When we fail, our first instinct is to cover it up and hope no one notices. When we are exposed, our first impulse is to accuse other people and hope everyone agrees.
  • Failing to accept the responsibility of our failures prevents us from receiving the forgiveness we desperately need, and it also precludes us from experiencing the new beginning we desperately desire.
  • Failure is not an event, but rather a judgment about an event. Failure is not something that happens to us or a label we attach to things. It’s a way we think about outcomes. – John Ortberg
  • Failing to identify how other may have contributed to our failure may cause us to fail into the failure trap again
  • Before we have the freedom to begin a second act in life, we must forgive those who played a role in our first-act failure. And we can only forgive those whom we’re willing to blame.
  • Someone has a defined a clear conscience as the confidence that no one can accuse you of a wrong you have not attempted to make right. Such confidence is vital to launching a second act in life.
  • Failure can exact a heavy toll on our lives. Although we have no choice about paying the price of our failure, we can choose whether we want to continue paying the cost or learn from our mistakes.
  • Insulating ourselves from advice by surrounding ourselves with only those who tell us what we want to hear is a guaranteed path to failure.
  • We just have to wait for the wind to die down and resist the urge to move forward when our vision is impaired. But remember, waiting time does not have to be wasted time.
  • Solitude and silence not only provide an opportunity to reflect on the past and visualize the future, but they allow us to hear from the One whom we most need – especially in a crisis.
  • To relive the past is to relinquish the future. If you are willing to let go of the past, then you are ready to step in the future. – Erwin McManus
  • God wants you to be able to discern changes in your circumstances that portend a major turning point in your life so you can be prepared to take advantage of that change.
  • As long as you are still breathing, you have time to recover from your failure.
  • Your life – especially the difficult part – will never make sense until you see it as part of a larger, eternal drama being played out on the world’s stage for both a visible and invisible audience.
  • It does not matter how well you do what you do, if you do not do what you should do. – Kennet Ulmer
  • Glorifying God involves turning the spotlight away from us and shining it on the Divine Director of the eternal drama in which we each play a minor role.
  • God says that He strengthens us in our problems so that we can offer the same strength and encouragement to those who experience similar problems. If our whole reason for living on earth is to turn people to God, just think of all the people you will be able to help discover God’s forgiveness! You can be Exhibit A of God’s love and power to heal any relationship.

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