If you’re human, you have regrets. I have been thinking about regrets lately. So I decided to see what the Bible says about it.
We all have minor regrets and I’m sure some of us have major regrets. The choices we’ve made in life, the things we’ve done or haven’t done.what are your regrets? Have you regretted your choice of school, your choice of job, you choice to get married or not? I think my biggest regret was not accepting Jesus as my savior sooner.
But the Bible says “repent and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out” -Acts 3:19
1 John 1:9 says, If we confess our sins he is faithful to you for just forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
So don’t be too hard on yourself, for regretting your past. Luke 15:7 “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents and over 99 righteous ones with no repentance.”
The Bible tells us that Jesus regretted having set Saul as king, Saul turned back from following Jesus and did not performed his commandments.
Doesn’t it seem a bit surprising that God had regrets? At least it does to me. Yet God has emotions; The Bible is full of examples. Note that in these verses, God didn’t stay in it therefore, we shouldn’t either. So how do we overcome our regrets biblically?
2 Co7:10 says, “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.“
David was a man who has some regrets here is an example of how he felt:
I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil in my heart. Lord, all my desire is before you; and my sighing is not hidden from You. My heart pants, my strength fails me; As for the light of my eyes, it has also gone from me.Psalm 38:8-10
Jeremiah also wrote how he felt after he turned away from God:
After my return, I felt regret; After I was instructed, I struck my thigh in grief. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.Jeremiah 31:19
God tells us to let go of the past:
Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it will spring forth; Show you not know it? I will even make the road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.Isaiah 43:18-19
How To Deal With Your Regrets Biblically
Remember that there is no condemnation in those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1). Regret is not a sin. You just might need to forgive yourself and,et go of the past.
Give your Reggie God. Isn’t it wonderful that He understands what we go through? His comfort and rest are waiting to replace a,of your shame and regrets. Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest”￼ /Matthew 11:27).
Forget about it. Take Paul’s goal of “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13). Since God forgets your sins after you’ve repented, you can forget your sins too, “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins” (Hebrews 8:13).
Look for the good. I know it’s difficult to think of what good can come from bad Choi, but if you try, you will often find something. If anything, God can use it as a learning experience. He can cause spiritual growth. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Is It Possible To Avoid Having Regrets?
While it’s not possible in our humanness to avoid having regrets completely, it certainly is possible to decrease the potential for them when you live yielded to God. For example, if we rely on our own wisdom, we’ll probably find ourselves with a renter in the future.
We should pray for God’s direction and get His wisdom moving forward. I like what James 1:5 says, “if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly and it will be given to him.
I hope it encourages you to see that you are not alone. Maybe one or more of these verses stood out to you.