Posts Tagged ‘regret’

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Even though we were dead because of our sins, God gave us life.” (Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭5‬ NLT)

As I stood before the family at the graveside this past week, a song played from a CD player, telling of looking for our loved ones on the other side of Eternity’s Veil. I glanced around the vacant cemetery, seeing the monuments shining in the bright Autumn afternoon sun. It was a gentle reminder to me of how precious and fleeting life is. When death comes, there is no place to hide.

This scripture speaks to me of how damaging and deadly our sins are to us. Sin creates a spiritual deadness towards God, making our lives living cemeteries; lives stuck in hopelessness and a continual moral decay. By continuing in our sins, we create a deeper wedge between ourselves, God, and even those we hold most dear.

The good news is that there is freedom! The cost is simply the surrendering of your life and the sinful habits you live in. The payoff, however, is your life! Freedom from self-hatred and hopelessness, and the possession of every promise God’s word has for you! Choose life over death! Choose to let Christ be over EVERY part of your life, holding nothing back! You are loved today!

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Again the Israelites did evil in the LORD’s sight.” (Judges‬ ‭10‬:‭6‬ NLT)

Giuseppe Garibaldi was born to be a rebel. His résumé sounds almost too fantastic to believe:
*A failed insurrection against the Italian President, 1834.
*Rebellion in both Brazil and Uruguay, 1840s.
*Round 2 in Italy, 1848.
*Overtook Sicily, 1860.
(He even offered to help President Lincoln win the Civil War in 1861, but was prudently denied!)

In the Old Testament, it seems like every time Israel got their act together, they’d fall off the wagon again. Doesn’t sound too far from our own stories, does it? There is this thing in us that refuses to allow us to be obedient to God at all times, like rebellion is bred inside our DNA. But that sin nature must be conquered. Left unchecked, it will destroy everything in your life!

Stubbornness and rebellion is a hard way to live. Choose instead to do right. As the Bible tells us, “Those that live by the sword will die by the sword” (Matt. 26:52). Live right so that you have nothing to regret and makes people talk! You are loved today!

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But after Xerxes’ anger had subsided, he began thinking about Vashti and what she had done and the decree he had made.” (Esther‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ NLT)

“Hey, Pastor Mike, you got an extra cellphone I can use?” I looked at the young man with a confused gaze; he had gotten a new phone not long before. After saying I didn’t, I asked about the state of his new phone. With a rather sheepish look, he explained that in a fit of rage, he had thrown it at his dashboard only to have it bounce out the window of his car and into eternity. Bummer.

Like King Xerxes, we can sometimes fly into a lather over negative situations, but we can’t react in such a way that harms us. Regret cannot restore what we break, especially if it involves other hearts. While a cellphone can be replaced, albeit expensively, relationships are trickier.

If you have a habit of reacting in “fits of passion”, take a beat before you do. Never respond if you feel your blood pressure spiking; wait until you can be calm and civil. A moment of quiet grace is worth 10 cellphones and all the relationships you treasure! You are loved today! Calm thyself!