I believe in second chances. Even if a person thinks someone else deserves it or not; we are all entitled to a second chance because we all make mistakes. I believe this so much in fact that I would give the person I get along with the least a second chance. However, second chances are only for the truly sorry at heart, and are not something to be taken lightly. To give someone a second chance means looking past that person’s mistake, putting away any present bitterness, and reaching out to that person to give them another try. Even the worst of the worst deserve second chances, given they see their flaws and come to admit them with a repentant heart. Take the thief on the cross for example, this one man who had been living his life in sin and was staring eternal death in the face, came to know the truth and asked the Lord Jesus Christ for a second chance.
Even when his companion in sin hung along side him and mocked him for his sudden turn around, this sinner and, child of God, found it imperative to change his ways. For this single act of repentance under such circumstances, Jesus granted this man a second chance, the gift of eternal life. That is the story I use to explain to people what it really means to have a second chance. We must do what Jesus would do in any situation. If someone comes up to us with a repentant heart and asks us for a second chance; no matter what they have done to you and no matter how long they have been off your friends list, we are expected to forgive them and in doing so, we are giving them a second chance. To see the importance of this one will put his or herself in the other person’s shoes. They will think, “How would I like to be treated?” the answer will dawn on them, and hopefully they will adhere to it; getting rid of their pride and giving that person a second chance!