Regret is a powerful master. It can hinder our best intentions, and it can paralyze our future. It invades every thought and deed and all the while robs us of the joy there is in doing good to others.
What is Regret?
R – Reliving past mistakes.
E – Evoking the pain felt in the past to the way you feel today.
G – Giving into the bondage of woulda, coulda, shoulda.
R – Remembering only the negative and missing the positive.
E – Emersing yourself in self-pity.
T – Takes away your joy.
Regret is a horrible way to live, and the enemy of our soul knows this is one of the easiest ways to make us ineffective. There was a time in my life when I would have never considered helping other moms because I felt the only thing I had to give them was a bad example. A dear friend lovingly rebuked me for refusing to acknowledge my sin, seek forgiveness and move on to the freedom found in sharing my life – the good and the bad – with others. Most of us learn best from the mistakes others make. It’s only our pride that cringes at the thought of being known so vulnerably.
Regret wants to keep your testimony locked away where it won’t be able to influence others with the Gospel. Regret wants to rob you of your Merry Christmas because regret is NEVER merry.
How do you let go of regret?
Only by the power found in the Gospel. Repent of your past mistakes, and let Christ take away the burden this sin has weighed on you. Watch how the joy will come rushing in like a flood. True freedom is only a confession away. And as one who has been set free, I can’t help but shout it from the housetops (or from the fingertips of my computer keyboard).
If you knew the struggle I’ve had with this post alone you would be thrilled to enter into worship with me. Only God can take someone who is feeling disqualified and qualify them through the Cross of Christ. And He is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Without the Gospel there would be no Merry. A good reminder to us all on this Friday.
How is the Merry in your Christmas? Have you felt regret weighing you down?