IS REGRET STEALING YOUR JOY?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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Years ago, shortly after college, I made a career decision that I later came to regret. At the time, I had not been born again, and I didn’t know enough to pray and ask God for direction before making a decision. Also, I had no clue God had a plan for my life far different from my own plan for my life.

Over the subsequent years, that career decision filled me with regret. When I finally accepted Christ as my Savior, He began working on my heart to show me that the decision I had made would redound to my benefit. Indeed, now nearly half a century later, I can say that what I thought was a wrong decision did, indeed, redound to my great good.

How?

1–That seemingly wrong decision set me on a path that eventually led me to an encounter with Christ.

2–That seemingly wrong decision resulted in my marrying my wonderful husband of almost 49 years.

3–That seemingly wrong decision moved me into God’s true calling for my life–to write for Him.

What about you? Is there something in your life you regret? A sin? A decision? A lost opportunity? No matter what you wish you hadn’t done or hadn’t said, or had done and had said, when you turn to Jesus–in repentance, if necessary–He will bring good out of your regret.

Regret is a form of grief, and like all grief, it needs to be resolved in order for life to go on as God meant it to go on.  But remember this: Jesus took our griefs. In Isaiah 53: 4, we read this: “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” So give your regret to Jesus and receive His joy in exchange.

The Apostle Paul had much to regret. Before encountering Christ, He murdered Christians. Yet, Paul said this about his life: I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead” Philippians 3: 13. 

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8: 28

Let’s follow Paul’s example and choose to forget the past and to look forward to what lies ahead. For those who are in Christ, what lies ahead can only be for our good.

My Prayer for You Today: Lord Jesus, I ask You to comfort all those suffering from regret. Give them revelation knowledge that, in Your mercy and grace, You will cause everything that has blighted their past to work for their good because they love You and are called according to Your purpose. Amen. 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Have you experienced regret over something in your past? If so, how have you dealt with it?

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4 thoughts on “IS REGRET STEALING YOUR JOY?

  1. What a mind bending post. I believe I am suffering from regret for MANY reasons; mostly for lacking to take action. Thank you for this morning JOLT.

    Love to you.

    • Dear Skye,

      Most, if not all, people experience regret in one way or another. That is the human condition. Yet, Jesus died to bring healing to the whole person
      –spirit, soul, and body. Give your regrets to Him. He will bring beauty out of ashes (Isaiah 61: 1-3).

      Love and Blessings,

      MaryAnn