Isaiah 43:18-19 (TEV) But the LORD says, “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already—you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there.”
Hosea 2:15 (NLT) “I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope.”
Colossians 2:13-14 (NLT) God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
1 John 2:2 (NIV) He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Micah 7:19 (NLT) You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! Isaiah 43:25 (CSB) “I sweep away your transgressions for my own sake and remember your sins no more.” Isaiah 38:17 (AMP) You have cast all my sins behind Your back. Psalm 103:12 (NCV) He has taken our sins away from us as far as the east is from west.
1 John 3:19-20 (NIV) …We set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
Ephesians 4:32 (TEV) Forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.
Romans 8:28-29 (Phi) We know that to those who love God, who are called according to his plan, everything that happens fits into a pat-tern for good. God, in his foreknowledge, chose them to bear the family likeness of his Son, that he might be the eldest of a family of many brothers.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (TLB) What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hard-ships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us.
Galatians 6:1-2 (CSB) Brothers and sisters, if someone is overtaken in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual, restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so that you also won’t be tempted. Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Psalm 107:2 (MSG) All of you set free by GOD, tell the world! Tell how he freed you from oppression.
1 Peter 5:10 (NLT) In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
What was a food that you hated as a child that has been “redeemed” and enjoyed by your taste buds today?
Using an online (or hard copy if available) dictionary or thesaurus, make a definition of the word “redeem.” Make a list of various synonyms for the word. How do these help you understand how God actually redeems our regrets?
Look over the various verses on this outline that describe God’s amazing forgiveness. Which of these speak most powerfully to you?
When have you seen an unexpected good come from something you could only have imagined at the time as bad?
Read Romans 8:28-29, familiar scriptures to most. How do these verses relate to God redeeming our regrets? What are the conditions necessary for that to happen according to this verse? What’s the ultimate “good” that God is after according to verse 29 and how does that change things for you?
Look over the points related seeing God’s hand redeeming our regrets. Are there any you need to understand better? Which do you especially identify with in your experience? How do you sense Jesus is challenging you in one or more of these that your group could pray for you or assist you?
Elementary parents, your children are continuing in our series looking at uniqueness- knowing you were made to make a difference. We looked at the story of David and Jonathan and how Jonathan helped David escape the wrath of an angry king. Ask your children who the king was. (Saul) What did it cost Jonathan to help his friend? (Jonathan would have been the next king!) Our bottom line is: What can YOU do to help others?
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.