Let’s see… . What are some of the things we do, or don’t do, that we later regret?
· Irrational fears; being afraid of something, of someone.
· Being insecure about something.
· Losing my cool.
· Not going for it. The RISK Quotient.
· Putting myself first.
· Not offering forgiveness…, first.
· Or…, never seeking forgiveness.
· Never admitting wrong.
· Living behind a façade.
· Standing forth for what is RIGHT.
· Withholding love.
· … & many, many more.
What are some of the regrets that you carry with you? Some cannot be resolved, but some can be resolved. What are some creative ways you might bring about a resolution of some of your regrets?
1. If in the last 2-3 years, go to the person or group and seek forgiveness in person.
2. On the other hand, if you were the one offended, just let it go.
3. If you regret what you did, seek forgiveness within reason.
4. Some regrets from your past will just have to take their place in your history. There will probably be no resolution. Again, just let it go.
Too many of us drag painful memories along with us in case we need to call on them as weapon in some future argument. Unfortunately, this leaves little room for new life and new growth to take place in your life. It drags you into an abyss of anger and resentment.
Neither are options for genuine followers of Christ. Seeking forgiveness is. So is offering it. The time for forgiveness for past-wrongs is well overdue. If we are the recipients of God’s FORGIVENESS & mercy shouldn’t we extend that to those who done us wrong?
Remember this conversation between Peter and Jesus? [Matt. 18:21-22]
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked,
“Lord, how many times shall I forgive
my brother or sister who sins against me?
Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered,
“I tell you, not seven times,
but seventy-seven times.”
We all carry regrets with us; things we have done, things we could have done, things done to us. For all and any, Jesus’ directs us to forgive. AND forget.
Honor God, honor people, make a difference,
Dr. Gary Davis, President