Have you ever had those moments in life where you “second guess” yourself? (e.g. decisions you made that changed the course of your future; the timing of when you said something important; diet habits; friendships formed or severed, good or bad; etc.)
If so, how have you handled those moments of second guessing/doubt/regret?
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Good question. The bad decisions I have made, I have, in some cases, have produced consequences that remain into the present. Satan uses those consequences as reminders of my sin, and he tries to engender feelings of guilt and doubt. When that happens, God brings to mind 1 John 1:9 that says that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That only needs to be done once, by the way. Once God forgives, and cleanses, it’s permanent. So, when Satan drudges us those old sins, I just remind myself and him that that has already been taken care of; it’s no longer my problem.
Now, if I mess up with other people, I pray about it, and let God show me what to do. It usually involves something like swallowing my pride, admitting that I was wrong (if that truly is the case), and then ,whether or not I’m at fault, seeking reconciliation with that other person — not easy, but it sure helps keep the conscience clean.