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Summary: Struggling with sin.

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To Do Or Not To Do, That Is The Question

Just before Ted Bundy was executed for t/murder of dozens of women, James Dobson, of Focus on the Family interviewed him.

In the interview he expressed both sorrow and repentance. Now was it a "Death-bed confession"? We will really never know.

Most of the time, that is the reaction of a condemned criminal, because they come to terms with their own mortality, reflect a wasted life.

Several years ago I watched in disbelief as a condemned murderer was interviewed. There was no remorse, in fact when asked t/question, what would you do if you could do things differently?

He replied rather matter-a-factly, "If I could, I would do it again."

His lack of conscious is very difficult for me to understand.

How someone can be so hard-hearted as to not feel the hurt of another human being, whether it was physical or emotional pain.

My high school Y. G. was large & close. We did everything together.

David Moore was a part of our Y.G., but because he was different than "the average bear", he was picked on and made fun of at times.

With time and maturity, I felt bad for my actions, so I apologized and asked his Forgiveness. I received it and treated him differently.

I Did Something I Wish I Didn’t Do. I still feel t/remorse of my actions.

During our first full-time ministry Kim & I were close to a middle-age couple. They were both career-minded & never had children.

We won a bowling tournament with them one summer, they were excellent bowlers, Kim & I had a very large handicap.

They even came to visit us in Tampa after we changed ministries.

When we went to see them t/next time we went to WI. we learned from their neighbors that they had divorced shortly after our last visit.

I still wonder if Kim or I could have done something that would have made the difference and spared their marriage.

I Didn’t Do Something I Wish I Had Done.

I didn’t murder anyone, yet these actions have brought feeling of guilt.

And I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Maybe you too?

Maybe you say something, & IMMEDIATELY when it bursts forth from your lips, you wish you could take it back. Know it wrong.

The town gossip finally came under conviction. Going to a counselor, she asked how she could make things right, "What should I do?"

He told her to take a feather & place it on the doorstep of everyone who she had hurt by her careless words, then come & meet him again.

She did this. Returning to the counselor she asked "what do I do next"?

He said, now go & gather t/feathers.

POINT - What’s done is done.

You may be like me, in that some of your past actions, thoughts, feelings and memories bring remorse & make you feel bad. When we get bogged down with them, they can hamper our growth in Christ.

It’s like a runner in a race, who constantly looks over his shoulder at his competition. If he does this, he can’t see the goal & loses ground.

Look with me at t/7th & 8th chpts of t/book of Romans. This book gives us 2 types of encouragement when we begin to feel unworthy of Christ’s love, because of our past deeds.


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