A second chance feels like an extra bullet you receive in a jungle, after failing to shoot the first time. Though it is said opportunity comes but once, second chances make up for missed and failed opportunities. Imagine yourself on a dying bed, and think of what your wishes would be. The things you would wish to do all over and the ones you would like to change. Doing this will give you a picture of how it feels like to be in need of a second chance.
There are several reasons why people close the door on others. But the big question is this…”Would you have done things differently if you were put in their shoes?” Prove it by giving them a chance to right their wrongs. We are often quick to judge and condemn but if we would just have a soul searching moment, we would realize that we are all messed up in one way or the other and everyone deserves a second chance. Mind you that as you deny others this opportunity, so too will life reject your request for a second chance when the time comes. Remember that what goes around always comes around. You can only get from life what you put into it.
However, don’t misunderstand the whole idea of second chances. People should seek it before they are given, because requesting a second chance is the only prove that you admit your wrongs and are willing to make amends. A second chance will have no value if the offender hasn’t learned from a first mistake. When people mess up, they must first acknowledge where they went wrong. Saying sorry is not enough but saying sorry for doing “a” or “B” is what makes the difference. Without which the “sorry” word would sound like a generic response. To offer someone a second chance when they are still defensive of their fault is like giving that “someone” a knife to stap you in the areas they missed the first time.
That notwithstanding, when the request for a second chance comes from a repentant heart, it should not be denied. Sometimes all it takes to see the good in people is to give them a chance to show you that the fight time was just a matter of wrong timing and immaturity. Life is always a-two way traffic. Give people the opportunity to right their wrongs so that when you mess up, you will be given the opportunity to correct your mistakes. ...Ephesians 4:32
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