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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The Trap of Regret

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Do you have regrets? If so, are they keeping you in bondage? Are they preventing you from moving on with your life, from taking risks, from becoming who you were meant to be?

Virtually every human being who has ever lived has experienced regret. Whether it was the regret of not having done something one should have done or of having done something one should not have done, the feeling of regret that follows can be tormenting. But the good news is that Jesus Christ can set you free from the prison of regret.

Yes, regret is a prison. A spiritual prison as well as a mental prison. The person who lives in regret builds walls around his thinking that keep out the truth and protect the lie.

I know. It happened to me.

Years ago, I made a career decision that I deeply regretted after having made it.  It was one of those decisions that was irreversible and one with whose consequences I would have to live for the rest of my life.  For a long time afterward, I chastised myself for having made that decision. It set me on a path that, at the time, seemed destructive to my career but, in reality, led me to the vocation for which God created me.

But I didn’t know it at the time, so I allowed the spirit of regret to enslave me. Yes, regret is a spirit. An evil spirit that will rob you of your joy and, if you do not stop it in its tracks, even of your destiny.

Maybe you, too, have made a wrong decision either by making a wrong choice or by not choosing at all.  No decision is also a decision. If so, what the Lord did for me, He will do for you.  Listen to what He promises to those who have regrets:

1) “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans” (Romans 8:28 TLB). In His infinite love, God has a way of taking every experience of our lives and weaving it into the beautiful tapestry of our destiny.  With the benefit of hindsight, I now realize, many years later, that the career decision I made back then was, ultimately, the right one for me. And, most important, it was the decision that God had ordained for me. This leads to my next point.

2) “The Lord guides us in the way we should go and protects those who please him” (Psalm 37:23).  When we love the Lord, He directs our steps. Even though I thought I was making a mistake, I was actually following the path God had laid out for me. 

3) “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25).  Even if you did make a decision that allowed the enemy (“the swarming locust”)  to rob you, the Lord will restore what the enemy stole from you. This is wonderful news.

So be encouraged. All is not lost. Jesus promises you that His plans for you are for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

Questions: 1) Do you have any regrets? 2) How have you handled those regrets? 3) Do you believe that Jesus can take those regrets and fashion them into something beautiful? You can leave a comment by clicking here. To receive these blog posts in your emailbox, please click here.
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