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Common Regrets of Man. Introduction. A father cries in agony as he committed adultery which directly related to the death of his son, “would that I have died instead of you” (2 Sam. 12:11; 18:33; 19:4)

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A father cries in agony as he committed adultery which directly related to the death of his son, “would that I have died instead of you” (2 Sam. 12:11; 18:33; 19:4)

A thief has remorse that he betrayed a friend leading to his death and commits suicide (Luke 22:48; Matt. 27:3)

A girl is raised by Christians, decides to marry an unbeliever, gets divorced; and now is suffering from loneliness, despair, and discouragement.

A gospel preacher’s son hangs out with bad company, does drugs, commits murder, and is executed.


We all likely have regretted decisions that we have made and wish that we could turn back the clock.

You can’t change what has happened in the past but you can change your regrets into repentance and your condemnation into redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 1:7).

This morning we will study common regrets that people have (1 Cor. 10:13).

i wished that i had obeyed sooner
“I Wished that I had Obeyed Sooner”

We are told, “remember your Creator in the days of your youth before the evil days come” (Eccl. 12:1)

God has created us in His image to seek & glorify Him. When we don’t and know better, there’s going to be guilt & regret (Acts 17:27; 1 Cor. 10:31; 1 Tim. 4:2).

The longer a person delays, the more difficult it is to change (Heb. 3:8; Eph. 2:1-3; 2 Tim. 3:13).

If you’ve led others into sin but are now a Christian, remember Paul, who was able to forget the past because of God’s grace through Jesus Christ. (Phil. 3:13; 1 Tim. 1:12ff; 1 Cor. 15:10)

i wished that i had listened to good advice
“I Wished that I had Listened to Good Advice”

If children obey their parents they generally will have a long and happy life (Prov. 1:7-9; Eph. 6:1-3).

But bad company corrupts good morals leading them to lie, cheat, gamble, drink, dance, fornicate, etc. (Pr. 1:10ff; 1 Cor. 15:33; 1 Peter 4:3)

How many have refused to listen to their parents and have had to suffer the consequences of their sins? (Unwanted pregnancy, STD’s, DUI, drug addiction, divorce, poverty, death, etc.) (Pr. 1:24ff)

i wished that i had listened to good advice1
“I Wished that I had Listened to Good Advice”

We can be transformed in our minds by God’s will leading us to follow after His wisdom. (Romans 12:2; Psalm 1:1-2)

If you choose friends who are faithful Christians, they can pray for you and give you good advice that will strengthen your faith. (Prov. 13:20; Heb. 4:14-16; Rom. 10:17)

Whose advice are you listening to? (Proverbs 3:5:7)

i wished that i could start over again
“I Wished that I could start over Again”

This might be said by those who are suffering directly from the consequences of their sins (Gal. 6:7-8).

The smoker wishes he had never taking that first toke because he now has lung cancer and he agonizes over every breath (1 Cor. 6:19).

The drunkard refused to heed the warnings of Scripture and now has cirrhosis of the liver (Proverbs 23:31-32).

The murderer remembers with regret getting involved in a gang and now is on death row.

i wished i could start over again
“I Wished I could start over Again”

The adulterer wishes he never would have looked at pornography which led to an evil lifestyle (2 Pt. 2:14).

The homosexual wishes that he would not have been deceived and is dying from AIDS (Rom. 1:26-27, 32).

The gambler wishes he never played the lottery and is suffering many griefs (1 Timothy 6:9-10).

Thankfully, Jesus died for those who even persecuted and crucified Him. They could start over again with the forgiveness of sins and have a good conscience again. (Acts 2:38-41; 9:6; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21)


Have you had any of these regrets? If so, you can get rid of them today because of God’s mercy!

Through Jesus’ death, you can be baptized for the remission of sins & start over again (Rom. 6:3-4).

If you’re young, don’t listen to the world, remember Your Creator now so that you can have a long and fruitful life in His service with no regrets. (Eccl. 12:1, 13; Eph. 6:1-3)


If you’re older and a Christian, press on towards the goal of heaven forgetting the past but if you can’t, pray for help (Phil. 3:14; Heb. 4:14-16).

The rich man lived in luxury & would suffer forever regretting his decision to neglect the poor but there are no regrets for the faithful Christian. (Luke 16:19ff; Rev. 21:4)

After death it is too late to change so obey now! (2 Cor. 6:2)