What do you regret? That question can trigger some vivid memories. I don't like to think about them. I wince as I remember things I wish I had never done -- terrible, wounding words I spoke, confidences I betrayed, dark lusts I indulged.
We're supposed to feel regret (feel sorry) for evil things we do. But not all regret is godly.
Judas and Peter both committed heinous sins on the same night. Judas led the guard to Jesus in Gethsemane. Peter publicly disowned Jesus in the courtyard. Both were betrayals. Both men regretted what they had done.
Peter was forgiven and went on to preach at Pentecost and lead the church. Judas was not forgiven and ended up committing suicide.
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