Posts Tagged ‘sin’

no regrets

There is a current trend in social media to promote the worldly philosophy of “no regrets”.  Essentially, the philosophy is to not regret anything.  Don’t regret anything that once made you smile. Don’t regret because at one time that is what you wanted.  Don’t regret your past, just the time you spent with the wrong people.  Regret nothing.

If I understand the concept, people don’t like the feeling of regret, nor do they like the self-punishment that comes with it. They seek to alleviate these negative feelings with the philosophy; regret nothing. Social media and blog content list unfortunate actions that lead to regret; dating a jerk, getting a misspelled tattoo, buying a Prius, and staying in a miserable dead-end job. I highly recommend that for these behaviors and similar, move on and get over them. The rest of this article does NOT deal with these embarrassing situations.  However, there are numerous examples of immoral behavior that the proponents of this philosophy wish to escape;  drunkenness, becoming pregnant at 14, sex with a stranger, selfishly destroying a relationship, wasting time, and stealing.  It is in this area that I am concerned.

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. – 2 Corinthians 7:10

Regret and guilt are synonymous (the philosophers will say that guilt is extreme regret).  Sin leads to guilt.  It is best to respond to guilt with repentance rather than a stubborn denial of accountability.  Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret.  You can live with no regrets with simple faith in Christ and repentance from sin.  That’s a much better deal than a mantra. Here are the easy steps

How to Deal with the Feelings of Regret

1.  Identify the source – regret is that nagging feeling that you wish you had done something differently.  What is that something?  Do you regret the action or the result?

2.  Recognize who you owe – “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  – Romans 3:23.  It is God whom we owe. So let’s deal with him concerning our guilt/regret.

3.  Confess your sins to God. – 1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.”

4.  Trust in God’s promise to remove the sin and thus the guilt/regret.

So, don’t fall into the world’s philosophy of ignoring the condition of your soul.  God has provided a simple (to us) way of dealing with the guilt associated with our sin.  God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and pay the penalty of our sin.  If we’ll trust in Him, He’ll remove our sin and forgive us. Thus no regrets.

This won’t fix that jerk you dated in 10th grade or your obsession with One Direction or the mullet.   Those decisions will keep you awake at night.  But you don’t have to carry the guilt/regret of your sin.  Just repent.

Headfirst in the Garbage

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Discipleship
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Headfirst in the Garbage

Yesterday I fell into a garbage can. I was pushing a giant, 96 gallon plastic container on wheels. It’s called a “toter.” I didn’t realize there was a wrong way to move one of these and I was doing it wrong. The connected lid was flipped back and hanging to about 6 inches from the ground. This made it difficult to take a full step and caused me to lean on the handle, while walking slightly off balanced. I stepped on the lid which stopped the toter, but not my forward, off-balanced momentum, which caused me to go straight down. And since I was falling in a little forward motion, I went HEADFIRST in to the GARBAGE CAN.

There I lay, in the street, face first in a trash can, which gave me a little time to think. It wasn’t that bad; I could relax and I was getting some welcomed time off from work. Then the smell became evident. Then I realized, “I’m in a garbage can, I’m not trash, I don’t belong here.” So I backed out of it and went on my way, acting like nothing weird just happened. A habitual lifestyle of sin is a like a garbage can.

The trash of this world fills it and we sometimes jump or fall head first into it. I used to live in it.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life,

 
to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

When I became a follower of Christ, He changed me to where I just didn’t like living in the garbage can any longer. He delivered me and gave me freedom from all it’s bondage and stink. But sometimes we fall back inside. At first it might not seem so bad, but pretty soon we realize that this is not where I belong. That’s my old life. My new life is free from this can and smells a lot better. When you discover that you are headfirst into sin, back up, repent and get out of it. You don’t belong there, you are a child of God.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  – John 1:9