Everyday Thoughts for Everyday Life

 

The Destructive Power of Regret

The definition of regret:

REGRET is a sense of sorrow about events in the past, usually wrongs committed or errors made. Regret is distress of mind, sorrow for what has been done or failed to be done:

The term: to have no regrets. Implies a sense of having sinned but gaining a deep and sincere feeling of sorrow for and hatred of the sin we have committed with a strong {but humble} determination not to sin again

Grieve for your regrets. When we feel regret, we re-live our guilt, sadness or anger over and over again. Allowing yourself to experience these feelings fully with the intention of moving forward can help you stop revisiting them.

Stop burying your regrets! – you are burying them alive!

Recognize what you have learned or gained. When you find yourself thinking of the regret, turn your thoughts to the things you have learned and the opportunities that are now yours - even if they are not what you would have preferred. There is always a lesson even in pain and sadness. Look for the lesson and focus on it instead of “what might have been”.

When the devil tries to draw you back into the painful memories of your past, put your finger in his face in Jesus name and say this…

“Thank you Satan, for reminding me what it was like when you were in charge of my life…”

That was what I did but it is not who I am. I am the blood bought property of Christ Jesus. I am a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come.

2 Corinthians 7:10 tells us that:

10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.