Regret: 1. (v.) Pain of mind on account of something done or experienced in the past, with a wish that it had been different; a looking back with dissatisfaction or with longing; grief; sorrow; especially, a mourning on account of the loss of some joy, advantage, or satisfaction.
Regret is something that I believe we have experienced in some shape or form.
At some level I believe we have all experienced regret. Many carry a backpack full of regrets their whole lives and never get past them to get on to their destiny. Regret comes in many shapes and sizes: from cheating on test in school, to not finishing school, from dating the wrong person, to adultery, and from just “trying” a cigarette to being strung out on drugs. You can fill in the blank with your own personal regrets. Although we have all experienced that empty feeling of regret, it’s not something that we have to hold on to especially for believers.
Paul writes to the Corinthians, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor. 5:17) If you are a believer in Christ he has made you new and forgiven you of every regrettable deed in your past. He has wiped the slate clean and He has no recollection of whatever you did. (Is 43:25) You have no need to carry regrets any longer. In fact, after coming to saving knowledge of Christ and continue to carry regrets, is deny the saving, forgiving power of Christ’s death and resurrection. You are saying, “Maybe Jesus’ death can forgive certain things but not __________.” My brothers and sisters that is a mistake you do not want to make. What Christ did on the cross is ALL we need for redemption. You need do anything except to believe.
I challenge you to read Romans 8. It begins, “1 so now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death” and ends “nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This is where you will find the beginnings of a cure. To be continued…