Everyone 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!