2002-12-29 - Passages about Regrets
At the end of a year, we often look back at the good and the bad. Most of
us will have some regrets - perhaps an angry word we wish we could take back,
a relationship we wish we had paid more attention to, a diet with which we
wish we had persevered. Today we will read some Biblical passages that relate
The thought-provoking movie "The Fisher King" was a poignant reminder of
the immense blessing we have as Christians, that we can have our sins forgiven
and that God will grant us peace. The lead character tries to deal with a
heart-wrenching guilt, and nearly loses his sanity doing so. He didn't have
faith as a resource. When I watched that movie, I remember thinking "without
the forgiveness and peace from God, I don't know how some people could live
with their guilt." And in fact, some don't. People have lost their sanity,
and even their lives because they drowned under their guilt. But for the
Christian, God can give us not only peace but can help us make amen ds when
appropriate (as David's recent series reminded us). While we may have to
live with the Earthly consequences of what led to our regrets, God will give
us grace and even bring good from those mistakes.
The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning.
Great isYour faithfulness.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and
righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
Psalm 32:1-6 How blessed is he whose transgression is
forgiven, whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does
not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit! When I
kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day
long. For day and night, Your hand was heavy upon me. My vitality was drained
away, as with the fever heat of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin
to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions
to the Lord," and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. Therefore,
let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found.
Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore if you are presenting your offering
at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against
you, leave your offering there before the altar and go. First be reconciled
to your brother, and then come and present your offering.
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to
work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according
to His purpose.