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“Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;” Matthew 3:8 NASB
In prayer I often ask God to search my heart. The Holy Spirit shows me when its off and I feel a nudge to explore it further in prayer and scripture. That often leads to repentance. Regret is a component of repentance. It is a feeling of sorrow or remorse; a sense of loss, disappointment, dissatisfaction.
When I look at how regret is a component of repentance, I have to reflect on what is lost when we operate in ourselves. Those things that can lead to regret. I see four primary things:
Relationship. When we choose not to operate with God’s guidance, everything becomes stilted in a worldly way. It affects our lens/filter in how we interpret things.
When our hearts act out of selfish desires, the fountain of God’s love within us is shut off. We begin to stifle the character of God that has been deposited inside of us that was designed to be expressed. We are to be a light in the darkness.
Acknowledgement. When we are operating in ourselves we are not acknowledging that we have been bought with a price. We are acting as if we own our destiny and purpose. The reality is we are not equipped to operate in this world in our own strength. We are disconnecting from the power source that allows us to fulfill our purpose and destiny.
Abundance. An abundance mindset relies on our Father. It celebrates who He is, all He does, and our relationship and reliance on His goodness, grace, and mercy. When our mindset shifts away from God, we begin to strive. We fight to be recognized and seen as valuable in other ways. The sense of loss we are experiencing relates to our lost identity in Christ. We struggle. We toil. We labor under the burden of a heavy yoke that we choose instead of the yoke that Christ offers.
Fruit. Our vine begins to shrivel because we are not being fed with nutritious food and water. When we are focused on self-reliance we are not receiving God’s Word and the wisdom, comfort, and peace of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is the Holy Spirit that releases all the beautiful fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Father, I pray I bear fruit in keeping with repentance. Thank you for continuing to make and transform me.