I have always been taught that repentance involves three basic elements:
1. A genuine sorrow (II Corinthians 7:9-10, Mathew 5:3-4)
2. A forsaking of sin (Matthew 3:8, Acts 26:20, Hebrews 6:1)
3. A surrender to the will of God (Acts 9:6, Romans 12:1-2)
So, I believe this and I don’t have any problems believing that God forgives me, no matter what I do (except that whole “blaspheming the Holy Spirit” thing).
The problem for me (and I know of some and believe a great deal of others) is struggling with regret. Honestly, I look at how I have blown it in the past, how I have hurt others, how I have been a bad witness, and my heart breaks.
Perhaps the answer is so obvious that I am missing it completely? I don’t know. But I would like to know.
So tell me, how do you deal with regret?