Regrets: Bad Choices and Second Chances
Luke 17:3; Matthew 21:28-31
INTRODUCTION: Regrets could be described as heavy weights. They certainly can impede our moving forward. Regret is a word which means to mourn the loss or death of; to miss very much, to be very sorry for (regrets his mistakes). It can refer to sorrow aroused by circumstances beyond one's control or power to repair. It's an expression of distressing emotion (as sorrow). They paralyze us in the past, interfere with present happiness, and steal motivation for the future.
Hebrews 12:1 "let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."
• Speaks of encumbrances
• Speaks of entanglements
• Speaks of endurance
Lifeway research asked for a response to the statement, "I am dealing with the consequences of a bad decision."
• 47% agreed
Almost half of the country feels the weight of a bad choice from their past. The Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:13-14 wrote:
"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Ed Stetzer, "Recognizing a sizeable percentage of people are suffering consequences from past mistakes allows Christians to show grace."
Christians minister grace out of grace. Caring for those dealing with pain and regrets is not about fulfilling obligations or reliving guilt, as all of that has already been taken care of by Christ.
The vast majority of Americans believe God gives second chances for those who have made bad decisions. 98% of evangelicals agreed God gives second chances.
• 19% of Americans believe God gives 2nd chances when a person depends only on God.
• 18% of Americans believe God gives 2nd chances when a person makes restit ...
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