4/30: Regret

 

A friend once told me that he did not regret anything he had done in life. His attitude was what’s done is done and there’s nothing he can do about it now, so there’s no use in feeling regret. To him that seemed like the responsible position; unfortunately, it’s not a spiritual one.

God’s word says, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of…” 2 Cor 7:10a (KJV). The Greek word for sorrow used here means sadness, grief, and heaviness. This is the definition of regret. This verse is saying that there’s a definite purpose for regret, for God uses it to work in us to bring us to a decision to reform (repentance). That repentance then rescues us from God’s wrath which is always poured out on sin (the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23). Repentance and salvation brought about by regret is irrevocable; in other words, when we are brought to our knees by regret, we will remain far from that sin again because of our renewed closeness to God.

Regret brings us to the realization of how deeply we have hurt God. Our longing for relationship with Him is revealed to us when we are apart from Him, and we’re only apart from Him when sin separates us. We should regret the things we’ve done that have hurt Him. God is able to use regret not only to turn us around, but to bring us closer to Him and soften our hearts toward others in similar predicaments.

Regret is a pride-buster. It forces us to openly admit our wrong, say what God says about our wrong, and move to change. We are not meant to live under regret or be crippled by it, but we are meant to yield to it when God uses it to chastise us. Regret is but one more tool God uses to shape us into who He wants us to be.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on April 30, 2013.

One Response to “4/30: Regret”

  1. I am climbing Jacob’s Ladder, every rung goes higher and higher.

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