For a Christian to hang onto his guilt and regret is not a humble act, but a selling short the work of Christ in our lives. Let's never be afraid of telling the world what Jesus is capable of doing for the sinner.
It may be argued that the absence of regret indicates a low and inadequate view of sin, but the exact opposite is true. Sin is so frightful, so destructive to the soul that no human thought or act can in any degree diminish its deadly effects. Only God can deal with it successfully; only the blood of Christ can cleanse it from the pores of the spirit. The heart that has been delivered from this dread enemy feels not regret but wondrous relief and unceasing gratitude. The returned prodigal honors his father more by rejoicing than by repining. Had the young man in the story had less faith in his father he might have mourned in a corner instead of joining in the festivities. His confidence in the loving-kindness of his father gave him the courage to forget his checkered past.
Can you rejoice with the prodigal son today, forget the past, and join the festivities?
"I love the Christ who died on Calv'ry, For He washed my sins away,
He put within my heart a melody, And I know it's there to stay.
"In my heart there rings a melody,
There rings a melody, with heaven's harmony;
In my heart there rings a melody,
There rings a melody of love."
"Singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3:16
My you be that blessed witness for the Lord Jesus today, and never forget that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!