Sunday, March 1, 2020

Free Will and Regret

Regardless our human age when we surrender to Christ, we are but babes in the spirit. Free Will allows us the latitude to choose to remain children or determine to grow up. No doubt babies make bad choices and do dumb things but they are still loved by their parents. Good parents hold them accountable, though, so that they will learn from their mistakes. 

However, a spirit that prefers to remain an infant, never really learns the lessons of unwise choices. The preference to stay beholden to our childish human nature stunts us and prevents us from becoming fuller, deeper, more useful to God’s purpose. Are we still saved if we choose to remain as children? I guess that depends on how fiercely we cling to love of self which might reveal a more profound truth that the original surrender was not real but just a stop gap, a cave in to get some relief from a crisis. 

What eventually shows up after conversion - the proof in the pudding, as my mom used to say - will expose whether we have truly passed through the open door into becoming a new being or just faking it to make it. Fakers exist in all walks - that is a fact. Satan finds imitators the most useful tools and are well-known as wolves in sheep clothing. These often know the lyrics (letter of the Word), the authoritative ‘God Words’ very well. They can preach, pray, and spout Scripture verbatim, orate inspirational, good sounding sentiment, and yet still be somehow deaf to the music (spirit of the Word). 

Ultimately, what we really are is revealed in how we perform under pressure to make wise choices so we must be tested now and again. Not that God doesn’t know the truth of us, our hearts and true intentions. The test isn’t for God to see us, it’s for us to see ourselves as we truly are, unmasked. It’s just another chance to open our eyes and step up to practice using Free Will wisely.

God is so patient. So long as we continue to breathe and our heart beats, we are offered opportunities to rise upward and do tough but selfless things that strengthen our mettle and spiritual character. Grow us up. Sometimes these represent the most difficult decisions of our lives. 

The point of having Free Will is about our being challenged now and again with the opportunity to stand up and choose what God would approve of, even if it means setting aside what self wants.

Unfortunately, the time does come when even God decides to close the door and when He does, opportunities disappear. When Christ still walked on earth, this was demonstrated as those who refused to see being blinded lest they see. God knows from the beginning to the end. He has not only seen the video, He produced it. Free Will is just another way to expose who/what we love more - Christ and His will or ourselves and self-will. I have even pondered if it’s just another way to separate the sheep from the goats.

And what if one is a sheep, albeit a lamb who has not grown up spiritually, but still believes and loves Jesus, it is likely one will still be asked to make a tough but selfless choice now and again. If one chooses poorly he/she will experience the inevitable regret for things done as well as things not done, when the opportunity is missed, and then finds it is the toughest lesson to live with.

For Him, 



  1. Yes, regret is a tough lesson.
    And just yesterday, I was telling a friend that I would be very happy if, like my good dog Tucker, I was fed twice a day in the amount that was best for me and with the substance that would nourish me. No more. No less. And then the choice of healthy eating would be out of my hands.
    Given that this is not the case, I'm dependent upon God for self- control and self-mastery. How clever of him.

    1. Yes, indeed. I do find that depending on God for self control requires letting go, which is an ongoing test of will. It has become a bit easier as I age out though. :-)

  2. A “cronut” is a croissant-doughnut resembling a doughnut and is made from croissant-like dough which is filled with flavored cream and fried. I discovered cronuts nearby where we were currently living. Oh my goodness. They were sooo good.

    Now I knew I could go there as often as I desired and eat as many as I chose. I also knew if I did that I would soon begin to look like a cronut! My free will allowed me to choose - I chose to be very limiting. I did not totally deny myself those scrumptious delicacies, but I did exercise prudence in how many and how often I indulged. No one was forcing me to refrain - it was my own choosing - and it felt good. It felt like I was in control.

    Free will is not bad - it can feel good and empowering - when used correctly. Ever action has a consequence, some good, others not so good, still others are bad. Real freedom requires self responsibility. It seems very unbalanced lately. People want freedom with no personal responsibility in sight. Won’t work. When God gave us free will, I believe, it was so we could make right choices and feel good about it. Every time I exercise my free will in favor of God and His Kingdom it always has good results. Not always what I expected, not always ‘happy’ results, but good nonetheless. I like it that way.

    1. Meaty topic, eh? Thing is, Free Will and what it means, is a conundrum that has caused entire opposing doctrines to form that have kept The Body in conflict for eons. Like you, I see the simplest definition. I would so love to be able to sit down and munch on a yummy cronut but I do know the personal consequences so I choose to abstain. It’s a mature decision. A child or addict might not be able to resist that which will not end well but that’s where maturity in the spirit is the key to being able to just say no to temptations. The only way to reach maturity is to be willing to let go of the needy child within. Some folks just can't do it.