Have you ever done something that caused you so much painful regret? Have you suffered a disgrace or a shame that has caused you to lose faith in yourself? Do you find yourself haunted with memories of the past? Does the error of your ways seem to have chased you into the oblivion? Are you suffering like the Psalmist who said, “All day long my dishonor is before me and my humiliation has overwhelmed me” (Psalm 44:15)? or are you feeling condemned for past wrong doings? Stop! Before you make a wrong decision and get into further trouble. Read and listen to the following stories.
Judas Iscariot suffered a painful regret after his betrayal to Jesus. He was one disciple who dined and wined with Jesus alongside others (Matthew 26:23-25). He was the treasurer of the group (John 12:6). He knew more about Jesus than the outsiders. He even knew what Jesus looked like and he was willing to point him out to the chief priests (Mathew 26:14-15, 47-49). When he realized the error of his way, he tried to rectify it.The Bible says that’ Judas Iscariot was gripped with so much remorse that he returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying; ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood’ (Mathew 27:3-5). After the deed was done, he went on and hung himself.
Everybody knew Peter loved Jesus. He would do anything for Jesus. He was the one who blurted out to Jesus, You are the Christ, the son of the living God (Matthew 16:16). He was the same disciple who said to Jesus, Lord if it is really you, command me to come to you on the water (Matthew 14:28). He himself said if all the disciples fall away from Jesus, he would never fall away. He said even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you (Matthew 26:33-35). That was the extent of his love for Jesus. Yet he denied Jesus three times at the point of his death. He also was gripped with so much remorse that he wept bitterly (Matthew 26:58-75). Thankfully Peter did not hang himself and Christ forgave him.
Two different people with shameful, painful regrets but with different endings. Griefs, sorrows, feeling of shame, painful regrets always hold people captive to the past. They stop people from moving forward and causing them to be stuck in the rut. If care is not taken, holding on to regrets can lead to suicidal thoughts, all kinds of sicknesses and diseases. And if these negative emotions are dealt with, surrendered to Jesus, we end up living free from emotional baggage, free from illnesses and diseases and we can enjoy the newness of life in Christ.
The Bible says that Christ bore our shame on the cross, so we no longer need to carry it on our shoulders anymore. Jesus was publicly shamed, beaten, whipped, spat upon, mocked and nailed to the cross for our sake. Christ said, come unto me all you are heavy laden and I will give you rest. You no longer need to carry that shame, sorrow or mistakes of the past. You can give it to Jesus and he will take it off you and give you rest.
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I declare that Christ bare my guilt and shame, he carried away my sorrow. I will no longer be put to shame. I give up every guilt, shame, blame, disappointment and regrets to Jesus. I will no longer hold on to these things for Christ already nailed them with him on the cross. I give up every painful regrets to Jesus. I receive rest from Jesus. Christ said come unto me all you who are weary and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. I receive my rest and freedom from all guilt and shame today. I will look up to Jesus the author and the finisher of my faith and I receive my rest in Christ. This is my declaration.
1 Thess 5:23, Rom 6:4, Psalm 25:2, Hebrews 12:2, Romans 10:9-11, 2 Corinthians 7:9-11
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