Regret

regretEveryone has some regret over something said or done. Each handles it in a different way.
I carried around the burden of a regret for several years. Then I realized that I could not do anything to change the past – that I can only affect now and the future.
I released that burden.

I wonder how people that make a profession of faith in Christ and then later betray that faith feel.
That’s one thing I’ve never done and don’t plan on doing.
Of course, perhaps those that have didn’t plan it either.

As a pastor I have seen quite a few come before the church seeking salvation and a church to call home.
Faithfulness is in their steps. If the church doors are open, they are there.

Then little by little it begins to dwindle. Excuses are used to legitimize the falling away from the faith. Finally they no longer even try to go to church or make up and excuse.
Do they live with that regret? Do they wish something different would have happened?
There are some examples of betrayal in the Bible and how it was handled.

Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss. But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22:47-48
How did Judas handle his regret?
He went out and hanged himself. Matt 27:5

Peter also betrayed the Lord.
A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, “This man was one of Jesus’ followers!”
But Peter denied it. “Woman,” he said, “I don’t even know him!” Luke 22:56-57
How did Peter handle his regret?
Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly. Luke 22:62
He later told Jesus that he loved Him and he went on to be the preacher of Pentecost.

If you have fallen away, get back! Return! You will be welcomed with open arms by the Lord and the church.
Do it before it’s too late.
Don’t live with the regret!

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2 thoughts on “Regret

  1. Attending a good church is an awesome and helpful tool, but not attending doesn’t mean that you have fallen away. I am tired of self-serving, high-minded pastors acting as though they are all powerful. There are so few churches with sound doctrine and God fearing pastors left that it brings me all the closer to knowing that the return of Jesus Christ is at hand. The truth of living a Holy, set apart life is shunned for the “we are all ok” false doctrine. We are saved by Grace alone, but faith without works is dead! If you’ve been born again there is a heart change and a drive to serve Christ faithfully, not to continue freely in sin. (What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Romans 6:1-3, KJV) We all should live in love for one another, helping one another be strong in our faith, but we should never except false doctrine to secure our place in the Church. In doing that we could lose ourselves completely. I fully agree and desire that all who have fallen away from Jesus will return to him and be filled with his Holy Spirit and be strengthened in their resolve to follow Christ Always. I also pray that they and we will be able to be the Body of Christ and strengthen one another. Please Lord Jesus come quickly, but while we wait help us to live our lives for you and your glory.

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