Dealing with Regret

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What does regret mean?  To be very sorry for something we have done and really wish we had never done it.

We have all done things that we regret even after we have gone to the Lord and asked for His forgiveness and He has forgiven us.  Of course,  we don’t want to repeat the same action again or grieve the Holy Spirit who so graciously allowed us to feel the sting and conviction of our sin, because that is what brings us to the knowledge that we have done something wrong and must ask God’s forgiveness for what we have done.  We must also try to make it right with whomever we have sinned against and do all we can to rectify the situation.  But the Bible says that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”!  Wow isn’t that wonderful, to know that we can be cleansed, forgiven and made right in God’s sight after we have sinned.  He casts our sins into the sea of forgetfulness it says when we ask for forgiveness, and doesn’t remember them anymore, and we must do the same.  Oh what a wonderful Father and Savior we do have!

The devil (also called the tormentor) of course doesn’t like this, and he tries to haunt us sometimes with what we have done in the past.  He reminds us all over again of our actions.  I have cried many a night over sins that I have already repented of, but when them come to my remembrance, I feels so bad all over again.  However, our guilt was taken by Jesus at the cross, and He took our punishment for us, all God asks is that we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior who took our sins upon Himself on our behalf, and repent when we do wrong, turning from our wicked ways, and obey the Word that He has so wonderfully given us to follow (our instruction Manuel telling us how we should live our lives as Christians).

When the devil does try to bring up things that we have been cleansed and forgiven for, we need to do spiritual battle again him, also known as spiritual warfare.  We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in high places.  The Bible tells us to “resist the devil and he will flee from you”.  We can tell him to “get out of here Satan, I have been forgiven by God for this so stop hassling  me, I am a blood bought daughter (son) of the living God and you have no jurisdiction over me so leave my mind alone”!  Then start praising God, singing, reading the Word to get back to peace of mind & reassurance that all is well.

We have been made “new creatures in Christ Jesus and joint heirs with Him.  However, sometimes there are consequences that we have to pay for our sins (even though they have been forgiven by God) but we must endure our chastening (spanking or consequence) though it may not feel good at the moment (realizing we deserve it), but in the end “it will yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness” in our lives and will be worth what we have to go through.  I’d rather be chastened here and learn my lessons in boot camp (which I call this life down here, being prepared for real life in heaven to begin when we get out of boot camp; than in eternity, so that’s why “the Lord chastens whom He loves” (for our own benefit down here).

Jesus (the Bridegroom) is coming for a Bride (the Church) which is without spot or wrinkle, has been made ready as a holy people and counted worthy to enter into the glorious gates of heaven and to meet our Father face to face!  Oh, praise God what wonders lie ahead for us all!  To bow before His throne with love, adoration, thankfulness and grateful tears running down our cheeks for all He has done for us — for forgiving us of our many many sins, for loving us and being so patient with us, for His loving kindness, protection, answered prayers and allowing us to be His children through what Jesus has done for us on the cross so that we may be with Them both forever!