GET TOGETHER- LEAVE YOUR REGRETS AT THE CROSS
1Pe 1:18,19 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
There was a Christian song out a few years ago that had a very powerful message to it. And it seemed like when there were times when I really needed to hear that song that it would come on the radio. The name of the song is Hello My Name Is. The name of the artist is Matthew West. He sings about how regret and other things that the enemy tries to use to rob us of experiencing the peace that we receive by the forgiveness that comes through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Here are the lines that mention regret:
Hello, my name is regret
I’m pretty sure we have met
Every single day of your life
I’m the whisper inside
Won’t let you forget.
For most of us I am sure that there are some things that we have regretted that we have either done, or not done. I have often thought about how I would have loved to have been a Christian in High School. I played High school football. I would have loved to have been one of those players that lead prayers in the dressing room and used that opportunity to witness for Jesus Christ.
This past Saturday as we were closing out the Upward Sports Ministry here in Hamilton the Holy Spirit spoke to me about how He has redeemed that time. That we were raising up and training youth that will one day do that. I love this verse about how God redeems the time. It is in Eph 5:16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wow! God can even redeem missed blocks and missed tackles. Also, I have thought about how that God has now given me brothers and sisters that were former high school classmates. As well as others that I played ball against. I like to say what we mess up God can dress up. Another verse that reminds me of this is in Eph 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” The Mighty Hand of God can reach back into our sinful pasts that He has forgiven usfrom and work it to the counsel of His will. Paul writes in Ro 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Not that God wanted us to commit the sinful acts that we committed, but through the Blood of Jesus He can redeem every part of our lives.
When He does that, we don’t have to live any longer in bondage to that spirit of regret. We can rejoice that through the precious Blood of Jesus Christ that we have been redeemed from the shame and regret of our sinful pasts. We can rejoice that we are free from that voice of defeat, condemnation, and bondage.
Today is that voice of regret whispering in your ear about something from your past? If it is there is a stronger voice and a more beautiful voice that is ready to whisper better things to you. That voice is the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will replace the words of the accuser with the words and comfort of Jesus Christ our Redeemer: Joh 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. His voice says that we are forgiven! His voice says that He is making all things new. Then we can sing these words from the song My name Is :
Hello, my name is child of the one true king
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, and I have been set free
Amazing grace is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true king
So today there is a place that you can leave all of your regrets. It is at the cross of Jesus Christ. Leave them there and then experience the peace that Jesus has promised to those who love and follow Him Joh 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Tell regret bye-bye and walk in His peace!
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we praise You that You are our Redeemer! We thank You for paying the price so that we could place our regrets at the foot of the cross. Today for all that read this I pray that any that need to place their regrets there that they will be free from that accusing, condemning, discouraging voice of regret that the enemy sends in our direction. We thank You that when we repented of our sins that repentance lead to regret being defeated in our lives. Today may all that read this experience freedom from that voice and experience the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
In Jesus Name
The fact that God has blessed us with so many wonderful friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ is a true testimony to the redeeming love that Jesus Christ bestows on those who repent of their sin and put their faith in His precious Blood to save us.