I think one of the heaviest burdens one can carry, is the experience of regret, over some sin we’ve committed.
What do you do, when you find yourself with thoughts and feelings of regret over sin in your life? It may just come once in a while or may be keeping you up at night, you just can’t seem to stop blaming yourself about that one decision, or some decisions you’ve made.
And it’s a cycle…where you are good for time…but then you find yourself again a year, month, week later just grieved over those things. It may even cause you to weep, sigh or fret about it. And the disappointment just doesn’t seem to go way.
There is a WONDERFUL word for us, who have found ourselves regretting over some sin we’ve thought about or committed.
2 Corinthians 7:10 says,
“For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
Godly sorrow is truly good news! In fact, it’s great news! Paul even rejoiced over it because it produced a sorrow to the point of repentance, according to the will of God, leading me to being saved from sin.
Kindness motivates us to be honest in the same way that a criminal would be guaranteed a pardon if he just walked into the police station and confessed his offenses against the law. Guaranteed clemency? That would be hard to believe, wouldn’t it? Certainly, there must be a catch. Some string attached. A trick, right?
It just sounds too good to be true.
And that is the gospel. In God’s economy, if we will just come forward into the light of his holiness, freely exposing the full depth of our guilt, we are guaranteed to receive a limitless pardon from sin with unconditional and complete reconciliation with God.
We call this mercy.
“Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”Romans 2:4
We sometimes hear the phrase “do not mistake my kindness for weakness.” The same is true with God. His mercy in dealing with mankind is not a sign of indifference or frailty. It’s meant to inspire us to thankfulness, to faith, and to repentance. God’s temporary display of patience isn’t a signal that our sin doesn’t matter to Him, or that He is unwilling to express His wrath. Instead, He means to call us, through His display of kindness in this moment, to turn from our sin and follow after Him forever. That’s true repentance.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.1 CORINTHIANS 1:27