Thursday, May 10, 2012

You Can Have It Back

You Can Have It Back

Matthew 27:3
When Judas, who had betrayed Jesus, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders.

Some things just ain’t worth keeping, especially when it costs you more than what it’s worth. We’ve all gotten something we wish we could give back after we’ve obtained it. In the world of sales it’s called “buyer’s remorse,” when people make impulse purchases and afterwards they begin to process, ‘Do I really need this?’ It may stem from fear of making the wrong choice, guilt over extravagance, or a suspicion of having been overly influenced by the seller. Sometimes, there are escape clauses for people who experience buyer’s remorse to give back the purchased item without penalty.

It is only after we see the costs and the adverse effect of our desires that some of us experience remorse. It could be a car or a house. It could also be a wedding ring or a hotel room. It could be an abortion or a divorce. These are some of the things we wish we could give back but it’s already too late to give it back.

Judas wanted to give back the money after he saw that Jesus was condemned to die. Judas was seized with remorse and wanted no parts of the money that he received to betray his teacher, Jesus. Judas was half way right. He gave back the money but he didn’t get back to Jesus. He hung himself. His best move would have been to get back to Jesus but he felt like the damage had already been done. How many of us have already made a transaction that we seem like we can’t recoup from?

The good news is that you have an escape clause or a ‘buyers remorse clause,’ “If you confess your sins, God is faithful to forgive you of your sins.” Whatever it is you regret doing you may not be able to give it back but you can get back in relationship with Jesus today. You can have it back! You can get your joy back. You can get your relationship back. You can get your self-esteem back. If my people will humble themselves, pray and turn from their wicked ways, God will hear from heaven and heal their land.

Dear God,

Thank you for giving me an escape clause. I’ve made some stupid transactions and it looked like I was stuck with my bad decisions. But I thank you that through Jesus Christ you can turn my mess into a miracle. Thank you for helping me to get back to where I belong in you.

In Jesus Name,


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