Regrets! Shame! Guilt! …Tyrants that can destroy confidence, conscience, freedom and self-concept! The tragedy is the wounds are so often self-inflicted! At other times, it is the assaults, activities, and words of others that leave us deeply wounded!
What to do about it? Can anything decisive be done about it beyond what is simply suppression or just a psychological band aid?
Yes! A thousand times Yes! God can do something about it! (I know, because He’s done it for me and many others!)
I read Psalm 25 this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” and thought about the battle some of you wage daily with these negative, destructive feelings! If you’re struggling with these kinds of feelings, I’m urging you – no, more than that, I’m imploring you to read, reflect on, AND PRAY Psalm 25 personally!
Here’s just a taste of what it has to say…
“To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul! Oh my God, in you I trust! Let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me! … Make me to know Your ways, O Lord! Teach me Your paths! Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation for You I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O Lord, and Your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. REMEMBER NOT THE SINS OF MY YOUTH OR MY TRANSGRESSIONS! According to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of you goodness, O Lord! … FOR YOUR NAME’S SAKE, O LORD, PARDON MY GUILT FOR IT IS GREAT! … Turn to me and be gracious to me for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged. Bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble AND FORGIVE ALL MY SINS! … Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you! (Selected verses from Psalm 25)
Does it work, you ask? I am telling you it does – I’ve tried it! And what’s more, here is what God’s word declares…”If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. BUT IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE [GOD!] IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!” (1 John 1:8-9)