Once a person accepts Jesus as Savior, God does not condemn us for any past sins; they are forgotten and forgiven forever. Jesus Christ has paid the debt for us.
(ref,2 Corinthians 5*17) also addresses the emotion of regret. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” God provides the way to reconciliation with Himself because no matter what our past mistakes, or the most horrible of sins we have committed, He is a forgiving God who loves us and wants us to love Him. This provision was given by Jesus’ death and His resurrection.
Repentance brings about God’s forgiveness by grace (God’s gift of divine favor). He makes us a new person, a new creation.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (ref,John 3*16)
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (ref,2 Corinthians 5*21)
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (ref,Galatians 2*20)
They are useful in setting the parameters for socially acceptable behaviors and to deter destruction of a common way of life. In other words, using these emotions on an individual, group, or culture can be useful in disgracing one into proper behaviors. Although they are often used, they should not be necessary.
Religious leaders use it on their members to manipulate behavior. Members use shame and regret on each other. They inflict a “judgment” of sorts on each other with a “your sin is worse than my sin” attitude. This sets the inner circle acceptance or rejection of another. Doctrines are sometimes used to instill regrets or fears about acceptance into God’s Kingdom.
This is not God’s way! God wants us to know that we are loved, forgiven, and wholly accepted by Him. The story of Peter is a good example of this. Though he denied Jesus three times, he was forgiven and highly instrumental as one of the founding fathers of the Christian church.
God wants us to know that no matter how broken or sinful we have been, He can heal us and change us into a new person with no shame and no regret. because ot is His will for us to be free.