Sometimes life choices seem to haunt us, buffet us and plague us for years. Further complicating the issue is the enemy’s willingness to slap a redemption-less sort of guilt into our minds and morph it into condemnation. In case you didn’t know, condemnation is not God’s will for your life.
Check out this ugly (but actual) definition of the word “condemn”:
: to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation (read Romans 5:1, 10:9-10, 8:33)
2. : to pronounce guilty (check out Colossians 2: 13-14, Luke 6:37)
3. To adjudge unfit for use or consumption (God has a purpose and destiny for you! See Corinthians 12:14-24)
Regeneration not Condemnation!
The work of the Holy Spirit is to (a) convict us of sin, (b) reveal and remind us of God’s word/plan while, (c) guiding us back to right standing with God through godly sorrow. (Read 2 Cor. 7:10) God never condemns, in fact, He frees you from it! Read Romans 8 for confirmation. Instead, He heals, renews and redeems. Good news, huh?
The positive side of regret…
I’ve heard people, some famous and some unknown, say “I don’t have regrets”.
I almost agreed with that statement until I measured it against the word of God.
In my opinion, a root of arrogance rests deep within this popular statement. You see, the cornerstone of true repentance is to acknowledge wrongdoing while being humble enough to let the shame propel you toward change. The “right” kind of regret and godly sorrow heals, forgives and brings about change. Read through the Psalms (esp. 51) and see how godly regret can look.
If you don’t learn from the regret you risk a hardened heart and a reprobate mind. As a matter if fact, true repentance is a component of true regret. Gee, I wish you and I were sitting in Starbucks discussing this topic! Oh well…
All this to say, if you have fallen short of Gods plan, make haste to repent (stop, redirect and change paths). Then watch God cleanse you, strengthen you and make all things new in your life! Amen?
Next post: what to do if you regret specific choices in your life (marriage, financial choices, etc.)