No Regrets

August 12, 2016


2 Corinthians 7:10

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 

No Regrets

“The last thing a man wants to leave this earth with is “regret”.  Live a life of no regrets.”

How do I live a life of no regrets?  We all make our mistakes in life and there are no doubt things that we have done in our lives that we already have regrets for, so how do I live a life of no regret? 

 It is through our repentance.  If we have real regret for that which have done then conscience or the Holy Spirit is bringing a conviction upon our heart for those things.  The Lord does not convict your heart to condemn you, ridicule and shame you, but He brings a godly sorrow upon us to bring us to repentance.  Repentance is simply a change of mind, attitude and direction of thinking and being.  The wonderful thing about godly repentance is that it can set us free from the worldly sorrow that brings death.  What some of us don’t discern is difference between conviction and condemnation. God convicts and chastens us to bring us to repentance.  True repentance brings with it true forgiveness from God through the blood of Jesus.  If we are truly forgiven then we are set free from that sin and regret.  It doesn’t mean we won’t have some regret for what the consequences of our sin has brought forth, both in our lives and in the lives of others, but it does mean that we can have a peace.  It doesn’t mean that “the accuser” won’t be there to continue to try and put condemnation and guilt upon you if you will receive it.  Often the most difficult person we have to forgive is ourselves.  God wants us to do unto ourselves, as He would have us to do unto others.  He wants us to forgive ourselves, just as He would have us forgive others of their sins and trespasses.  Often we can grieve the heart of God, because long after He has forgiven us, we keep begging Him to forgive us.  It is not because He hasn’t forgiven us, but because we haven’t received and appropriated His forgiveness to forgive ourselves.  

I remember a woman telling me that she had an abortion many years ago.  She had carried such condemnation and guilt with her for so long.  She had repented and asked God’s forgiveness, but she found herself still begging God continually for that forgiveness as she sought to draw near to Him.  She said that one day the Holy Spirit spoke to her heart and said, “Why do you grieve Me by continuing to ask for forgiveness when I forgave you the first time you ask?  It is you that has not forgiven.”  You see the enemy leads us into sin and temptation, then, when we fall, he will use our failure to condemn us.  If he can keep us in condemnation then we can’t live in victory and joy.  The Father sent us Jesus Christ to restore us to fellowship with Him.  We all are deserving of hell, condemnation and judgement, but the Lord’s judgement was to provide forgiveness from our regrets.

Perhaps you are carrying around regrets today that you have never gotten free from.  The Lord wants you to know that your true repentance has brought His forgiveness already.  For you to continue to bring it up and continue to ask forgiveness is to remind Him of what He says He has already forgotten.  Psalms 103:8-14 tells us, “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, 

slow to anger, abounding in love. 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 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. 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”  Most of us are familiar with 1 John 1:8-9, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

The Father has provided a way of restoration and forgiveness so that we need no longer to live with our regrets.  Now He encourages us to live unto Him a life that gives no place to regret.  1 John 2:1-2 goes on to tell us, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”  Let us come to the place of true godly sorrow and repentance knowing that we have the forgiveness for which we ask. Let us also forgive others and ourselves as God has forgiven us.  Let us live a life of no regrets that we may know the peace, joy and assurance of our salvation.  

  “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. 19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.” Isaiah 65:17-19 

Blessings,

#kent

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