The cure for shame and regret
You probably know someone like this.
I met a childhood friend in front of a bar. He was drunk and so embarrassed that he couldn’t look me in the face.
When some people meet believers they automatically expect judgement especially if they’ve done something they think you won’t approve of.
My friend thought God was far from him and so that feeling gave condemnation made him stop going to Church. (He didn’t know that God is not a feeling. )
He said “when I stop drinking and smoking I’ll get close to Him again. “
I tried to explain to him that Jesus loved him before, during and after he got wasted.
He had never heard that before.
God had never left him and He wasn’t angry either.
All my friend had to do was know the verses below and He’d have received the strength to stop whatever vice was bothering him.
People already know when they’ve done wrong. Don’t heap more shame on them. God loves them so show them His love.
(p.s notice the first thing to do is not to preach religion or force them to join your denomination. Give the person the Word and that will solve their problems.)
…so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you. Isaiah 54:9
No longer will each one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their iniquities, and remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25
Ephesians 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.