What is the difference between repentance and regret?
Read// Exodus 8
In Exodus 8, Pharaoh goes through a cycle of relenting from his stubbornness and hardness of heart in one moment and then returns to that state a few verses later. After each plague God sends on Egypt, Pharaoh has a moment of regret where he asks Moses to make the punishment stop. But once he experiences relief and thinks he has regained control of the situation, then he goes right back to the way things were, and the cycle continues.
Pharaoh turned to God to fix Egypt’s immediate suffering, but he was far from willing to change his own heart or mind. Too often, we act the same way. We ask for relief from the troubles in our life without any intention of changing our own heart or looking to God in repentance. Regret says, “Make it stop.” Repentance says, “Make me different.” Regret leads to remorse, but only repentance leads to change.
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)
Have you ever received a warning from God about a specific bad behavior and continued in sin? What was the outcome?
Is there a sin you are currently choosing to ignore?
Ask God to show you the places in your life you tend to bargain with Him to fix your problems rather than seek a softening of your hardness heart in repentance. Thank Him for His healing grace.
Talk with friends and family about the spiritual significance of these plagues:
What is the grossest or scariest plague in your mind?
Why was it necessary for God to send the plagues?