Saturday, May 26, 2012

Using Regret to Warn Against Unrighteousness

By Heather Mathews for PPSIMMONS         

 Gwen and Brad were college athletes, Christians, and were outwardly living their lives righteously.  What their friends and families did not realize was that they not only were sexually active, but they became pregnant and subsequently had an abortion.  Later, they married and had children, but for 15 years they never were quite able to get rid of the guilt- that is, until, Gwen heard someone speak at a women’s meeting about their abortion and the healing process.

“And I sat in the back of the room saying, I can’t believe she’s doing this, that’s so hard, but I saw what God was doing, it was obvious, He was moving, His spirit was moving in the room, and women were, were coming to healing, and, and embracing His grace and forgiveness, and a lot of times we won’t forgive ourselves, but I saw the hand of God move, because she was willing to tell.”

They decided to tell Gwen’s parents and, while shocked, they forgave them.  Now Gwen speaks at conferences and retreats to help women heal from mistakes of the past.

“…It was the deepest regret of my life.  It will always be the deepest regret of my life,” she said.  “Jesus died for every single sin… there are no sins that fall outside the scope of God’s ability to forgive.  And when we understand that, and we understand that when we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and to cleanse us for all of the unrighteousness as the Bible says, that’s when healing begins.”

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