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Healthy Regret

There’s guilt and then there’s condemnation. One tells you what you did was wrong. The other tells you that you are inherently wrong and bad. A healthy regret – guilt – about wrong things that we’ve done leads to repentance and reconciliation while the other leads to death. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from biblegateway.com, talks about the healthy kind of regret that will lead you into freedom and life.

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There is an old story about the time Emperor Frederick the Great visited Potsdam Prison. He spoke with the prisoners, and each man claimed to be innocent, a victim of the system. One man, however, sat silently in the corner.

The ruler asked him, “And you, sir, who do you blame for your sentence?”

His response was, “Your majesty, I am guilty and richly deserve my punishment.” Surprised, the emperor shouted for the prison warden: “Come and get this man out of here before he corrupts all these innocent people.”

The ruler can set us free once we read more

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What Are You Looking For?

Most of us have heard the phrase “looking for love in all the wrong places…”. But we humans don’t stop at looking for love in the wrong places, we look for pretty much everything else in the wrong places, too. Today’s devotional by Louie Giglio, reposted from faithgateway.com, tackles that tendency head on and offers us instead the one place we can find all we’re looking for.

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Right now, He’s asking you the same question He asked Peter and the disciples. Jesus is looking at your familiar patterns of living and asking, “How’s that working for you?” He’s not asking for any information from you. He already knows how it’s working out for you. He’s giving you the opportunity to form the words in your heart and mind that affirm the reality of what’s happening. Once we affirm that reality, then God is able to restore us.

As long as we deny our situation and continue to think that what we’re doing is great and fun and satisfying and that we’re running the show, then we’re still read more

 

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A Dangerous Prayeer


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I think pretty much everyone I know has that one closet or drawer that  no one, and I mean no one, ventures into, right? All the junk collects in those dark hidey holes and we feel like we would curl up and die if anyone saw into the depths of those places. And if we are honest, we have some of those hiding places in our hearts. King David in the Bible was referred to as “a man after God’s own heart”, yet even he had some dark places that hid some truly dreadful things.  The book of Psalms records one of the most dangerous prayers that anyone can pray penned by David. He knew he had bad stuff in his heart that needed to go, so he prayed that God would search his heart. Scary though it might be, if we want to go further in God we, like David, must utter that prayer as well. Pastor Caleb talked about this dangerous kind of praying and the results of praying this prayer in Sunday’s message. Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message.

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Repentance – Turning Back Toward God

Today’s devotional reminds us that it’s not too late to turn in repentance back to God. This message from a Messianic Jewish perspective is equally applicable to those of us who are Gentile Believers in relation to our own country. Whether or not you are Jewish, during this season leading up to Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur it would be good for all of us to do some heart searching and turning back toward God and praying for our nation.

Joel 2:12-14 holds a special meaning for them, as it should for all believers.

Source: With Fall Festivals Approaching, Messianic Jews Cling to This Crucial Message

Healthy Regret

Today’s devotional by Max Lucado shows us that regret doesn’t have to lead to misery if we allow the Holy Spirit to use it to bring us to repentance.

A Healthy Regret

“There is an old story about the time Emperor Frederick the Great visited Potsdam Prison. He spoke with the prisoners, and each man claimed to be innocent, a victim of the system. One man, however, sat silently in the corner.

The ruler asked him, “And you, sir, who do you blame for your sentence?”

His response was, “Your majesty, I am guilty and richly deserve my punishment.” Surprised, the emperor shouted for the prison warden: “Come and get this man out of here before he corrupts all these innocent people.”

The ruler can set us free once we admit we are wrong.

We do ourselves no favors in justifying our deeds or glossing over our sins. When my daughter Andrea was five or six, she got a splinter in her finger. I took her to the restroom and set out some tweezers, ointment, and a Band-Aid.

She didn’t like what she saw. “I just want the Band-Aid, Daddy”

Sometimes we are just like Andrea. We come to Christ with our sin, but all we want is a covering. We want to skip the treatment. We want to hide our sin. And one wonders if God, even in his great mercy, will heal what we conceal. “If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right” (1 John 1:8–9).

Going to God is not going to Santa Claus. A child sits on the chubby lap of Ol’ Saint Nick, and Santa pinches the youngster’s cheek and asks, “Have you been a good little girl?”

“Yes,” she giggles. Then she tells him what she wants and down she bounds. It’s a game. It’s childish. No one takes Santa’s question seriously. That may work in a department store, but it won’t work with God.

How can God heal what we deny? How can God touch what we cover up? How can we have communion while we keep secrets? How can God grant us pardon when we won’t admit our guilt?

Ahh, there’s that word: guilt. Isn’t that what we avoid? Guilt. Isn’t that what we detest? But is guilt so bad? What does guilt imply if not that we know right from wrong, that we aspire to be better than we are, that we know there is a high country and we are in the low country. That’s what guilt is: a healthy regret for telling God one thing and doing another.

Guilt is the nerve ending of the heart. It yanks us back when we are too near the fire. Godly sorrow “makes people change their hearts and lives. This leads to salvation, and you cannot be sorry for that” (2 Cor. 7:10).

To feel guilt is no tragedy; to feel no guilt is.”

 

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Regret and Remorse

Regret and remorse are emotions often experienced after someone has done something that they know is wrong. However, God does not want us to wallow in regret and remorse. These emotions can be a starting point for us to begin down the road to healthy resolution of a wrongdoing, but you don’t want to get stuck there. It is not the path that is going to bring the desired result of forgiveness of a wrong that has been committed. These emotions do not help us adequately deal with the sin in our lives and bring closure and peace. On the contrary; they are a quagmire that gets us stuck in a cycle of negative emotions if we don’t move past them. Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message by Mike Fields and see what God’s alternative to regret and remorse is and how it can bring forgiveness and freedom from guilt and condemnation.

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