Ever try to build a friendship and fail miserably at it. You know that you are not a failure, right? Trying so hard to be impressive, but never quite meeting the mark. The mark that I am speaking of is people's opinions, and expectations of you. The truth of the matter is, the soul of man is so big that only God can fill it.
Meeting the Mark
What is meeting the mark? Can we actually meet the mark without fail? Who's line is it anyway? that we practice in a mirror. Are relationships one sided? Should all of the pressure be on one? What do we really have to prove?
The only mark we should aim to meet is the one God has set. And guess what? we all fall short. For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23)
All Fall Short
The aforementioned scripture places us all in the same category. Imperfect people. If we truly examine ourselves, we will learn that we share the same shortfalls as the brethren that we don't want to give a second chance. Even the most gifted, educated, sweet talking persons continue to fall short; that is on a daily basis. Yes, there are certain standards, boundaries, and criteria that should be set; but when they are not meet let us not be so unforgiving. Give someone a second chance.
How Many Chances?
The world is so unforgiving when it comes to second chances. I am admonishing that brethren give brethren, at least, a second chance. One tried and failed. Should he be forever held accountable for a fail? God says to forgive even more than seven (7) times.
Peter asked Jesus, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times. Jesus said to him, not just seven times: but, seventy times seven (Mathew 18:21-22). We should always be ready to forgive a brother, especially when he comes with a sorry heart. And if he trespass against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to you, saying, I repent; you shall forgive him.
Look at God
He says, Come now, and let us reason together, Though our sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isaiah 1:18)
Can you see what second chances do? Give a second chance.