Monday, May 24, 2010

Why Regret?

Remorse. Anguish. Upset. Self-disgust. Affliction. No matter what you call it, regret affects so many people. Why, though? Is regret helpful? Does it benefit us in any way?

Personally, I do not believe in regret. Do not get me wrong, I have made mistakes and have done things that I should not have. The fact of that matter is, though, that my life today is the culmination of every thing that I have done and every decision that I have made until now. I am good with that.

We all do things for which we are sorry. We may even wish that we had never done them (not that wishing ever got anyone anywhere). Hopefully we learn from them.

"Just because someone messes up once does not mean that within time they cannot find a way to change for the better."

Do you ever let your mistakes consume you? Do you let regret overwhelm you? Destroy you? Judas Iscariot made a mistake when he betrayed his Lord, Jesus. That was not his only mistake, though. Devastated by regret, Judas went so far as to commit suicide. He hung himself. Regret overtook Judas, and his final mistake was not "going to the cross" to ask for, and receive, forgiveness.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. -John 3:16-17

The fact is that you are born, you die, and you make a lot of mistakes in between. My advice? Do not beat yourself up over the past. You cannot change it. Instead, apologize and hand it over to the Lord. Jesus will take those burdens from you so that you can be at peace and move forward enjoying your life free of regret.

Does it seem simple? Maybe it is. Why not give it a try?


  1. Great post! Thanks for dropping by Poppyseeds:) Have a wonderful day!!!


  2. I am with you, I don't have much regret because everything that I do and have done, has got me to where I am today. I like where I am today and look forward to where I will be in the future, with God in control :)

  3. regret can eat you alive - That's why Jesus died on the cross for us. Now we can ask for forgiveness and then keep our eyes on Him and move forward.