It seemed like a good idea at the time, felt good. Then the realisation…then the regret. Regret, by the way, is when you wish you hadn’t done something, because you don’t want to face the consequences. All that does is disturb your sleep, your peace, your lifestyle, maybe even your health.
Psalm 51 was written by David, when the prophet Nathan confronted him about his wrongdoing. It really hit. It was a very painful time for David, as he came face to face with the horrible reality of what he had done. And David didn’t just regret, be repented. With every ounce of his strength he begged God for forgiveness. But he also knew the nature of God – and trusted that God could and would forgive him. And that was where the healing could begin.
Thank God that he is the God of second chances. Whatever we’ve done, honestly confessing, and wholeheartedly repenting, enables us to hand the problem over to God. Through Jesus, he forgives us. Through the Holy Spirit he gives us strength to face whatever consequences might ensue. And because he is God, he goes on loving us through it all. Thank you God!