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A Second Chance Isn't Always A Great Thing

Second Chances Justice Forgiveness

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-09-14

Scripture: Matthew 18:21 ; Jonah 2:1

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Shayna Hubers thought she was getting a new shot at life when a judge overturned her conviction of murder and ordered a new trial after it was discovered that one of the jurors was a convicted felon, something Kentucky law doesn't allow. She had been convicted of murdering her boyfriend but claimed she shoot him 6 times in self-defense. The conviction came with a 40-year sentence.

At the second trial, she took the stand in her own defense, something she had not done the first time. However, there was video of her alone in an interrogation room dancing around and saying, "I did it, I did it." After deliberating only 5 hours, a jury of her peers found her guilty, again. Unfortunately, the recommendation from the jury was not 40 years, but LIFE!

She probably wishes this was a second chance she had never received. 

APPLICATION

What good is a second chance at justice if you're guilty? But isn't it good to know that God's idea of a second chance involves the complete forgiveness of our sins?

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times'" (Matthew 21:21-22). 

A Restraining Order On God

Meditation Justice Sin

Source: “Man seeks restraining order against God,” By Stuart Winer, TIMES OF ISRAEL, May 4, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-10

Scripture: 1 John 2:1 ; Colossians 2:13

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Stuart Winer, with TIMES OF ISRAEL, reports: 

An Israeli man has petitioned the Haifa Magistrate’s Court for a restraining order against God, claiming the Almighty has been particularly unkind to him.  The initiator of the request, a resident of the northern port city, represented himself in court, the Walla news site reported on Wednesday.

A protocol of the hearing noted that God did not turn up for the session, although it did not specify how the court determined the Omnipresent was not in fact there, as opposed to merely exercising the right to remain silent.

The petitioner, who was not named in the report, noted that he had tried to obtain the restraining order from police for the past three years but that police had merely sent a patrol car to his home on 10 occasions.

He argued that over a three-year period, God had exhibited a seriously negative attitude toward him, although details of just what divine mischief he had borne the brunt of were not mentioned in the report.

Presiding Judge Ahsan Canaan denied the request, which he said was ludicrous, asserting the applicant needed help not from the court but rather from other sources.

APPLICATION

The judge may have thought this man “ludicrous,” but haven’t most of us had the feeling we were being treated unfairly by the All Mighty? If the courts can’t help us at such times, to whom do we turn? Who will be our advocate? And if it's important to have an advocate when we're feeling unfairly treated, how much more when we have sinned against God? 

“My dear children ... we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1).

“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.  He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14).

The High Cost Of Justice

Mercy Justice Good Works

Source: “Man spends $100,000 fighting a $250 speeding ticket,” by Belinda Grant Geary For Daily Mail Australia, February 25, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-12

Scripture: Titus 3:5 ; Matthew 9:13

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Belinda Geary For The Daily Mail Australia, writes:

A man who has been to five different courts and racked up a $100,000 legal bill over a $250 speeding fine said that after a four year battle he still won't rest until 'justice' is served.

Mustafa Al Shakarji, from Townsville, Queensland was pulled over and fined $250 for speeding in March 2012 after a police radar allegedly detected him doing 28 kilometres over the speed limit. 

But the pharmacist, who immigrated to Australia from Iraq in 2002, insists that he was not speeding and is determined to continue to fight until the courts give him justice.

Now, after going through five different courts and losing a final appeal the determined driver said he will be the first person to take a speeding fine all the way to Australia's High Court. 

APPLICATION

Everyone one of us is counting on one of two things when we face our Maker. We will either be seeking justice or mercy. Those who insist on justice will receive God's justice, which requires a just punishment for every transgression. However, those who repent and seek mercy will receive God's mercy, which promises all the joys and rewards of heaven.

What most people want, what they insist on as a matter of principle, is justice. And just like Mr. Shakarii, they are determined to take their case all the way to the highest court to get it. If you are one of those who insist on justice, be forewarned. It will be far more costly than you imagined.

"He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:5).

"But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners" (Matthew 9:13).

How Do You Want Your Bread Buttered?

Justice Integrity Karma

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-03-01

Scripture: Matthew 7:2

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Standing Before the Highest Judge

Sin Confession Justice

Contributed By: Barry Fowler | Date Posted: 2016-02-14

Scripture: Luke 12:2 ; Numbers 32:23

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SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision a Strange Dichotomy

Sexuality Justice God's Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-28

Scripture: 1 John 4:8 ; Romans 3:23

Author: Seth Dillon
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Nude Westerners Blamed for Deadly Malaysian Earthquake

Blame Justice Superstition

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Georgia Students Fight for Integrated Dance

Prejudice Acceptance Justice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-22

Scripture: Galatians 3:28 ; 1 Corinthians 12:13

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Justice in Norway

Justice Mercy Evil

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-22

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; Psalms 85:10

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Heads It's Murder, Tails It's Manslaughter

Decision Making Wisdom Justice

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