THE CHANCE - Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
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teshuva-the chanceI listened to a man not too long ago as he talked about the Apostle Thomas. Remember him? (I will remind you soon). He talked about how we have branded him “Doubting Thomas” up till now, based on his 2,000 or more years old mistake. Let me refresh your mind…

Once when Jesus told his disciples to follow him to Judea to the house of his beloved Lazarus (now dead) to bring him back to life. He had just escaped being stoned to death by the Jews in Chapter 10 of the book of John, and the disciples reminded him of that, trying to dissuade him from going back there. All the other disciples seemed to have accepted Jesus’ convictions to go ahead but Thomas. Hear what he said:

Then Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us go too, that we may die (be killed along with Him.)” John 11:16 (AMP)
Again in John 20, the disciples tried to convince him (Thomas) that Jesus had resurrected and visited them. Read their conversation below…
So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the marks made by the nails and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe it.” John 20:25 (AMP)

But years later according to history, it was Thomas’ ministry that brought the light of the gospel to India. He had moved on from doubt to faith and had been used in no little way by God.

As I listened I, I am reminded of how we think of some of the people we know knew. Like Mercy, or Julie, or Frankie, or Alex… Those who we know their ugly pasts and have refused in our minds to look ahead to what God is doing in and through them today. We keep judging and rating them based on what we used to know they did. When meanwhile like Thomas, they have settled with God and have become instruments in His hands for the kingdom.

In our minds we still call them “Murderer Frankie”, “Prostitute Mercy”, “Liar Alex”, “Divorcee Julie”…

We should not box anyone into how we met them. We should allow them the chance in our minds, the chance that we all deserve, the chance to be free in the newness of Christ.

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! 2Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)

Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves. For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you. Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother’s eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye? Matthew 7:1 (AMP)

You think of it, if every one who knew your past still tagged you with all the stories of your ugly past, a past that you no longer go back to, surely you would not like it, or would you?

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Ugochi Oritsejolomisan

Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a mentor, encourager and influencer. She writes to inspire you to live a full life. Ugochi lives in Canada with her husband Benson and their children; Joshua, Joseph and Josiah.

  • Rosey
    Posted at 01:00h, 12 May

    I love this post.

    And totally unrelated to the post, and the reason I’m here (though I always love to read what you write while I’m visiting) do you look like Kerry Washington??? Or is it just me? I was looking up movies to see what’s playing and a gal who looks so much like your picture was staring right back at me. So, I came to see if people tell you that all of the time? 🙂

    In any case, always a pleasure to stop by. I hope you don’t mind that I went off topic.

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 14:55h, 29 May

      Lol! No ever has Rosey, I don’t even know her.
      Thanks for coming by, do have a super blessed day!

  • Unyime-Ivy King
    Posted at 22:14h, 01 May

    True. When God forgives us our sins and wrongs, it is just as if it never happened. It is a human trait to hold a man in judgement and scorn for sins which God has acquitted him of. We are human beings, and ever so often, we slip and our humanity shows. God will help us to rely on Him more and more each day so that we learn to see others in the same way He sees us.

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 09:15h, 02 May

      Amen sis! We really ought to let go on others’ mistakes like God lets go on ours.

  • Blond Duck
    Posted at 13:07h, 15 April

    Sometimes forgiveness is the best gift.

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 13:26h, 15 April

      Yeah! We must let go and let love!
      Thanks for coming by, have a super blessed day!

  • Sykik
    Posted at 13:44h, 15 April

    I guess, we have to learn to forgive and wipe the slate clean .

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 13:55h, 15 April

      Who are we to hold on when God has forgiven?
      Thanks for coming by Sykik, do have a super blessed week ahead!

  • momto8blog
    Posted at 01:07h, 15 April

    oh yes…the beauty of redemption!! We all need it.

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 13:25h, 15 April

      We all do Annmarie.
      And we need to allow others have it too.
      Thanks a lot for coming by, do have a super blessed day!

  • Katherines Corner
    Posted at 14:59h, 14 April

    wonderful post. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 13:23h, 15 April

      Thanks Katie, the pleasure is always mine!
      Have a super blessed day!

  • thedoseofreality
    Posted at 13:44h, 13 April

    Stopping by from SITS Saturday Sharefest. Could not agree with you more. We all make assumptions for who people are based on who they have been, and it isn’t always fair. Needed this reminder today.

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 13:58h, 13 April

      Yes it is never fair. We should give people the chance… we need it too.
      Thanks a lot for coming by, have a super blessed weekend!

  • Kelly Blackwell
    Posted at 23:42h, 11 April

    That was a great post Ugochi. I agree. The measure of a man or woman is not in who they were but in who Jesus is and His work in their lives. I know he did and is still doing a great work in my life. I am not who I was, but I am still not who God will have me to be. Thanks for the wonderful reminder! 🙂

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 12:02h, 12 April

      We all are works in progress. Thanks Kelly for coming by.
      Have a great weekend ahead!