But for those of us who beleive in the Lord Jesus Christ it is so much bigger than that. Paul talks about not letting the past determine the future in Phillipians 3:13 "Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it on my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus"
Paul was definitely a man who had regrets for things he had done. But he did not dwell on those things, rather he lived in the newness of life he was given. In 2 Corinthians 7:10 he says "For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret
, whereas worldly grief produces death."
Have you taken that step to embrace repentance that leads to salvation? If so you can join me in rejoicing in the truth of the Love of our Lord. Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds us, " The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
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What regret will you erase, embrace and run toward the new morning with determination to do something new?
I have been working on a book for almost 10 years. I am really just being lazy by not getting it done in a timely manner. I don’t want to regret someday that I did not get it finished and get it published even if I only give it to my kids and no one else buys it. I resolve today to make it a daily priority to work on it and get it done as soon as possible.
Congrats on your commitment Sharon! I will be praying the Lord will help you as you do this important work. Blessings!
I am soo glad that His mercies are new every morning. Because of this idea of this idea of letting go of regrets and forgiving myself, I was able to not beat myself up this week for an action I took with a would-be client and look at it more with hindsight and a learning experience. Without this lens of learning and God’s mercy, I could have beat myself up for days and not taken the nuggets of learning He had for me. I embraced the regret and turned it into what to do next time and I am grateful:-) Thanks for this post, Rayna. Isn’t He gracious with us?
That He is Nancy! Thanks so much for sharing how you are following Him even more by extending grace to yourself as well!
I love that passage from Philippians. I love the image of letting go of past stuff and straining forward to what lies ahead. There is so much hope and comfort in this. Thanks for sharing your encouragement with us!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by, Judy! I’m glad it was encouraging!
Thanks Rayna. Regrets finally drove me to trust God. There is much I could say about that, but to keep it short… He has blessed me beyond what I could have known to ask.
Thanks for the reminder that regret like all things in our life can be used by God to bring us closer to Him!