Joni and Friends
No Regrets

by Joni Eareckson Tada

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret.”

2 Corinthians 7:10

Why does our salvation leave no regrets? Well, to be saved means to realize your low estate before a holy God (that’s what godly sorrow is all about). And when you realize how low you are, you can’t help but scale back your worldly expectations, much as the Prodigal Son did when he decided to tell his father, “I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men” (Luke 15:19).

I would say it this way: “I would rather be in this wheelchair knowing him than on my feet without him.” I have no regrets. Absolutely none. Everything else, everything worldly, pales in comparison.

When you see yourself as among the least, the last, the littlest, and the lost, God becomes everything. You find yourself drawn nearer to him by the smallest of enjoyments. An hour of listening to Bach reminds you of God. So does sitting under a tree on a blustery day. You peel an onion only to stop and marvel at the beauty of its concentric rings. Everything reminds you of the Lord. First Corinthians 3:21-23 says it best: “All things are yours…the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.”

Godly sorrow leads to repentance, which in turn leads to salvation, and thus no regrets. Do you want to know contentment in Christ, pure and deep? Would you like to have no regrets? No itchy “if only’s”? Then see yourself as the prodigal, not worthy to be called a child of God…and all things will be yours, for “you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.”

I want you, Lord, to be everything to me. Give me that godly sorrow that leads to repentance and thus no regrets.

Taken from More Precious than Silver

By Joni Eareckson Tada

Copyright © 1998
Published in Print by Zondervan, Grand Rapids

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version.

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