I love that commercial, have you seen it? This big biker looking guy is getting a tattoo and it says “No Regerts” Oops… What are your big regerts in life? Oh, we all have them, don’t we?
I have more than I dare say, but one that is front and center to me is some of the things I’ve written on this here little blog of mine. Yep… I’ve made a lot of mistakes here. In fact, I’ve removed some of my mistakes, but like that tattoo, they are still lingering in my mind, like a tattoo removal that you can still see ink.
Oh, let me count the ways…
But there is a really cool doctrine about God called immutability. What does that mean? It simply means God never changes. Why is this so significant? Because, He is our measuring stick, our plumb line, our due north. Everything else is askew without Him.
So when I grow, or I mature I can now see where I hadn’t yet grown, or where I was… dare I say… “Immature”. Oh yes, friends, we are all so immature at times but the point is that we need to move on. To not stay there, but to recognize our mistakes and attempt to fix them or move past them. It’s never easy. I look back with a grimace and sheepish smile.
“Oh what a foolish thing I did, I said, or acted out.” Yikes, Lord forgive me. I really didn’t know what I was doing.
For godly grief produces repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
The Apostle Paul is highlighting different types of regrets. We all have regrets but what do we do with them, or how do we handle things moving forward. Godly regret produces a change. It causes us to turn from the sins, hate the sins and live differently in the power of the Holy Spirit. You can try hard on your own but you won’t get it done by yourself. And while I’m really tempted to talk about holiness, that is a future post. Hopefully coming soon.
Suffice to say that even God is the root cause of our holiness. Man-Made, manufactured holiness just circles right back to the worldly grief that never produces true repentance.
Let’s move on from our regrets in this world, giving them to the Lord, that He might grow us in true love producing no regret in us.