One of the ways to learn how to totally surrender your life to the Lord is to also learn how to deal with your past regrets, no matter what form they may take. Your past regrets may be a habitual sin, a failed marriage, or the betrayal of a friend. The substance of your regrets may take on many forms. But at the root, it is always the same problem. And that problem is the fact we refuse to believe what the Scripture says about what God does with our sin and instead hold on to what we feel is right and justified. For many Christians today, that is penance, self-condemnation, and our refusal to forgive ourselves.
Which brings us to the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” final question: What does God do with our sin once we repent of it? Or, what does the Scripture say about how God views our sins after we confess them to Him?
These are excellent questions. But the answer depends on who we choose to believe: God, and what He says about our sins in His Word or the ever-increasing lying voice of self-condemnation we hear in our own head. And as with most of life after regeneration, God leaves the choice of victory or defeat entirely up to us.
It is ours to lose.
So, What Does God Do With Our Sin?
Before we begin with the specifics, remember what His Word says about condemnation. Romans 8, that incredible chapter begins like this:
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
But it gets much better. Look how the same chapter ends:
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
Today, we will look at ten things God does when we sin, five today and five tomorrow. Then, you will have the choice of where to place your faith. In Him and His Word, which always leads to victory and a surrender of our past regrets. Or to your flesh and its demand for restitution and penance, which leads to self-condemnation and loathing.