Updated: Feb 3, 2020
Today's message isn't about how to get over guilt or about how guilt will destroy your emotional well-being. Today's message is Biblical, so it is counter-intuitive from what we get from our pop psychology driven culture. Today's message is about how to live with gutsy guilt. Intrigued? I hope so.
Here's what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 7:10:
Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.
Another year has ended, and no doubt, we all have regrets. We give thanks for another year, but we can't help but have regrets. I have regrets over things done and things not done. I have regrets for things I've said or the way I said them. Some regrets are big and some are small. Regrets are real because we are sinners. We don't like sinning, so we regret sinning.
That's why most everyone has regrets.
As a side note, I think New Year's Resolutions play into regrets in two diametrically different ways. Their intention is to cut down on regrets, but they are also the source of many regrets. Am I right? Here are a few takes on resolutions, and by association, regrets:
Notice Paul says there are two kinds of regrets: