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Regret or Repent

September 16, 2012

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“I regret the actions I took with that woman…” Really? I bet you do. But you aren’t repentant are you. No, it’s not a question; it’s an honest observation.

So what is the difference between regretting and repenting?

Regretting is wishing you hadn’t done what you did; repenting is being sorry you did.

Judas’ problem wasn’t that he betrayed Jesus – Peter basically did that! – Judas’ problem, the reason he resides in hell today, is not his sin of action, but his sin of inaction: he didn’t repent. He regretted what he did. He told the Pharisees all about it. But he didn’t tell God, and he didn’t repent.

You may be at a point in your life where you have an overload of regrets that haunt you like angry old specters. They add up, gang up and torment you, your body, your mind, your soul, your spirit.

But you’ve never repented. Not once. You wish you hadn’t done a lot of things, but you’ve never hoped to do this one thing: humble yourself before God and admit you were wrong; not that you wouldn’t have done those things – because you did do those things! – but that you shouldn’t have done those things.

God’s not interested in your wishes; he doesn’t grant them.

God answers prayer.

He gives grace to the humble.

Forgiveness to the repentant.

 

 

Leave your regrets where your sins are: in the past.

 

Repent. For in repentance there is hope. Life. Change. Rest.

 

Peace.

 

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