You messed up. You were wrong you asked forgiveness. Repented. But whenever you hear that song on the radio, when you see that photograph, whenever you eat mashed potato, whenever you smell your mother’s old perfume, you are filled with regret.
Why? If only…
We hold on to regret. Like a zip cord to our minds, the devil uses it to feed condemnation, fear, doubt.
Regret isn’t a sin. It is a consequence of sin. There are lies we believe about regret that are our undoing.
Today we expose the lies of regret.
#1 It’s yours forever
Don’t own it!
Luke 1:25 “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.”
Condemnation is not yours.
#2 Regret is repentance
People hold on to regret because they think it means they are truly sorry.
2 Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
If you have received salvation there is no regret left in you.
#3 You learn from regret
We think we learn from regret. If I don’t hold on to regret I will make the same mistake. Experience does not always fix things.
Romans 7:15, 19, 24 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?
Words like hindsight, regret, if only, I wish… Banished from vocabulary.
Going back to fix the problem will fix the problem.
If going back to fix the problem would fix the problem, don’t you think God would have done that? Going back would not fix the problem. Only Jesus can fix the problem.
Jesus works things together for good. He was always God’s solution.
The answer lies in moving forward.