Regrets

Burden of regret

Burden of regret

Regrets are something that most people have. Regrets are a sadness or disappointment over something that had happened in the past. The past might be the immediate past, or something that had occurred many years before.

Young children may have some regrets. They regret taking that cookie they were told not to take. Or maybe regret getting caught taking the cookie. Others may regret something they said or did to someone that got them in trouble. Many of these regrets are quickly forgotten and the child moves on.

Later, when in the middle school and high school years, the regrets stay about the same. Not really changing, not having much of an impact upon the person. When the regrets really begin to happen is when the person gets a little older, or into the middle years of life.

Most people look back on their lives and have a lot of regret for things that they had said or done in the years past. Some of those things were done in the name of fun. Others were done because of a lack of knowledge or wisdom. Still others were done on purpose at the time of being done, but had a lasting negative impact on the life of someone.

Choices made

Actions and words that a person can do and say can have an impact for many years upon some people. How many people can remember a harsh word said by someone they loved and trusted when they were young, and now they are much older? How many can remember being the one who said that harsh word when they were much younger and to this day regret ever having said it?

Many believers in the church have the same problem of living with regret. They regret their former way of life. They regret failing God time and again. The regret not taking the opportunities that God had placed in front of them out of fear.

While it is good to regret doing wrong and sinning before God or others, it is not good to stay in that regret. Regret keeps a person living in the past. Regret does not allow a person to move on. Regret does not allow a person to live the abundant life that God had planned for them.

One thing that regret does that most people do not see is that it tells God that He is not big enough to forgive the past.

1 John 1:9 New International Version (NIV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

It is true that every person has made a mistake in his past. There are things that both you and I have done that now we regret. All those things that we did wrong fall under the category of sin. Sin on purpose, or sin by accident, or sin by omission, all is sin.

As a believer in Jesus, you have to confess all those sins and repent of them. That is you must admit that you had done wrong and strive to never return down that same path again. If you have not confessed your sins or repented of them, then you are not really following Jesus, which means you are not saved.

I'm Sorry

If you have confessed your sins, God in His great love and mercy is willing to forgive you and purify you of all those sins.

Psalm 103:11-12 New International Version (NIV)

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

When God purifies you of your sins, He casts them out as far as the east is from the west. Think about that. No matter how far you travel east, you will never meet the west. You have to turn direction to meet the west. God has gotten rid of those sins, never to be remembered any more.

Micah 7:19 New International Version (NIV)

19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

God has so much love and compassion for you that He will get rid of all your sins forevermore. They will be cast out to where no one can ever get to them again.

Now you may ask, what does all this have to do with regret? Glad you asked.

Going back to what was said at the beginning: regret is a sorrow, sadness or disappointment over something that was had happened in the past.

Many Christians have repented of a past sin, but have not forgiven themselves or gotten past the regret of doing it. They are constantly going to the altar asking God to forgive them of some past sin or regret.

If you believe the words found in the bible, you will know that Jesus has already paid for that regret and forgiven you of it. If God can forgive you of your sin, why can’t you forgive yourself? You are not better than God.

Let It Go

Let go of the past and look forward to now and the future. The past is already done, good or bad, and there is nothing more you can do about it. Once you seek forgiveness it is gone and done away with. God no longer remembers it.

Stop living with regret and start living for God. Jesus said that He came to give you a full life.

John 10:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

The world and Satan wants you to live in bondage to regret of your past. God wants you to live a full life in forgiveness, mercy and grace.

Every time you are reminded of something in your past that was wrong that you have already repented of, remind the devil that Jesus has forgotten that sin, and you do not need to regret it anymore. You have a future as a child of God, an heir to all that heaven holds. Do not live in the past. Live for today and the future.

No Regrets

Take all your regrets and mistakes and give them to Jesus. Let Him cast them out. And don’t pick them up again. Do not live with regrets anymore. Jesus has paid the price for them.

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Ecclesiastes 1:18 Wisdom And Sorrow

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. Ecclesiastes 1:18

There are people who love to gain knowledge. They graduate high school and continue on with college for many years, changing their degrees multiple times before getting a degree. They read many books always learning more and more.

Others learn to use that knowledge in good ways, gaining a lot of wisdom. They are able to help and guide many people in various ways because of their wisdom they have gained over the years.

There is a bad side to having that much wisdom and knowledge. Solomon understood this, since he was the wisest man who ever lived. Many people do not understand this, and just want more wisdom.

Having wisdom, means that you will understand what is going on in light of eternity. You will have a deeper understanding, rather than just looking at things on the surface.

One may ask, why is this such a sorrowful thing? Or why would this bring about grief?

As you look at things that are going on is this world, you will see sin everywhere. You will see people talk about love and peace, but in reality are talking about selfishness and love of self. The ways of this world will be promoted as good.

God’s Holy Spirit will give you a spirit of discernment to understand what people are really saying or doing. On the surface it may look and sound good, but their heart may be far from God. This is where sorrow and grief comes in.

Jesus was described as a man of sorrows. He understood where the people of this world were headed. He understood the hearts of men. All of this great wisdom and knowledge brought about such a great sorrow that no man can ever fully understand.

Part of being a believer, is to become like Jesus. God gives you His Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding. This will help you see into the spiritual realm of this world. It is then that you will have sorrow and grief, seeing people dying daily without knowing Jesus. People are daily walking into an eternity in hell and destruction.

This is why you need to spread the gospel message of Jesus to all that you can, as fast as you can.

I pray today that God will fill you with wisdom and knowledge; that you will have wisdom in what God is doing; that you will have wisdom in what is occurring in this world; and that you will spread the gospel message to everyone you meet and know.

Psalm 126:5 Sowing With Tears

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Psalm 126:5

Crying is something that many look at as a weakness in a person. This is especially true for men, but for many women they see it the same way. Most people want to be seen as strong and tough, not soft and tender.

When people cry, it is usually over something that has made them sad. Usually it is something that has occurred in their life that was not good. Death is one of the most common reasons for a person to cry. They cry out in memory of the one that they lost. Crying has a way of releasing the hurt inside a person. It can bring about relief and peace in the end.

The strongest man who ever lived had cried multiple times many tears for other people. He wept tears over the death of Lazarus, over the city of Jerusalem, and at the point of going to the cross. This was Jesus. He was the strongest man, because He was able to endure all the persecution of men and the cross without cursing men or God.

Jesus had wept many tears over those who were suffering and lost in their sin.

Many believers do not weep over the lost, but condemn them with many accusations. They want to point out how a person is living in sin and is wrong, rather than show them the love of Jesus and the way to have true life.

Along with not crying over the lost, many do not even cry over their own personal sins. They do not see their sins as that big of a deal or see how much they are harming God with the sin in their life.

When you see those in the world, living in sin, your heart should break like Jesus’ heart did. You should be weeping and praying that God will find a way to touch those lives and bring them the salvation Jesus provides.

Along with weeping over the world, you should be weeping over the sin you have allowed in your life. Seek God’s forgiveness.

As you cry many tears over both these issues, God will show you His love and mercy. Lives will be touched and changed, both your life and the lives of others.

As this happens, you will reap songs of joy. In the end you will walk the streets of gold with God in heaven with many other people. It will be worth it all in the end. Sow tears today and reap joy tomorrow.

I pray today that you will know the heart of God; that you will not fear weeping before God and men; that your heart will be filled with God’s love for others and Him; and that lives will be changed through your crying out to God.

2 Corinthians 7:10 True Sorrow

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10

Being sorry for something can mean two different things. Paul points out that there is a godly sorrow and a worldly sorrow. One is a true sorrow, while the other is a false sorrow.

People will often have a sorrow that is like a child’s sorrow: they are sorry that they got caught. Think of a little brother and sister fighting. The brother hits the sister and hurts her. The parent tells the boy to say “I’m sorry”. He does but with no meaning behind it. In his heart he is still glad that he hit her. He is only doing it because he got caught and had to do it.

This is the type of sorrow that the world has. There is no meaning behind their words. It does not change how they live or react. According to Paul this will ultimately bring about death. It brings about death because there is no repentance being done. Without repentance God cannot forgive a person, thus they must die in hell.

Godly sorrow, however, works differently. This sorrow knows that one did wrong and is extremely sorry for doing it. It brings about great remorse for doing the wrong. In this sorrow a person will then seek forgiveness and strive to change and never do it again.

There are some who have a “godly sorrow” but refuse to forgive themselves or believe that God can and does forgive them. They continue to live in regret of the sin and constantly ask for forgiveness for the same sin. This is not Godly sorrow. God’s sorrow knows that sin was done and that God can and does forgive. In His sorrow there is salvation offered.

Where are you at with your sorrow? Are you sorry you got caught by God? Or maybe someone else?

Or are you sorry that you did the sin? Are you will to repent and turn away from that sin?

Seek God’s Holy Spirit to reveal the forgiveness you are offered and the strength to turn from the sin. Have no regrets. Do not bring on death to yourself.

I pray today that God will help you have true sorrow for sin in your life; that God will guide you in turning from all sin; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; and that you will not have any worldly sorrow in your life.

Romans 9:2-3 Great Sorrow

“I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race” Romans 9:2-3

Although Paul went to the Gentiles to preach the gospel message, his heart was still for his own people, the Israelites. The Israelites did not like to listen to him and wanted him dead. It was others that would listen to him. Yet, Paul was in great sorrow for his people. It was so great that he wished he could be sacrificed for them. He was willing to die for them so that they could live.

In the world today most people are only concerned about themselves. They are more concerned about their own life, then for the lives of other people. The love people show for others is usually just a surface love. There is no real deep, true love for others. This even includes good friends most of the time.

Very few believers take the time to be a witness to people around them about who Jesus is and what He has done for them. Most do not want to offend someone else. Others are afraid of what will be said or done.

Jesus left heaven to come to this old earth. He suffered extreme persecution and died on a cross just to save you. He went to extreme lengths to save you.

What should you do for others to see them come to a saving knowledge of Jesus? You cannot save them, but you can give them the message. Your heart should be the same as that of Jesus and Paul. It should be one that is willing to die for another to be saved.

Paul was willing to be cursed and condemned by God if it would have saved all of his people. God will never ask you to be cursed and condemned by Him in order to save others. All He asks is that you tell them about Jesus.

Are you telling someone about Jesus? Do you have great sorrow in your heart for the lost, both friends and everyone else?

What is your desire? Is it for yourself or for others to be saved?

I pray today that you will know God’s heart for the lost; that you will have the love Jesus had for the lost; that Jesus will show you how to be His witness; and that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus.