Each of us have regrets. According to Forbes magazine, the top three regrets of 2018 are…
• Working too much at the expense of family and friendships
• Spending too much time on my phone or computer
• Taking life too seriously
The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians teaches us how to address our regrets.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”
1. Silence the Accuser
Satan, our accuser, can be overcome “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:11).”
Through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross we now have power over sin. As believers in Jesus Christ, God’s grace is sufficient for us in all matters.
We also silence Satan by the sharing of our testimony. There is power in telling our story. Turn your regret over to Christ, and share your story.
2. Reconcile and Repent
If it within our power then God expects us to resolve the regret we have — for example, apologizing to someone we’ve hurt or wronged, or restoring a relationship, or other ways that the Holy Spirit prompts us. Then, we must repent; ask God’s forgiveness.
3. Move Forward
To move forward requires that we turn loose of past regrets and then move toward Jesus, allowing Him to do His work through us.
• Discuss and think about these things:
Share a regret. Talk about how you might implement God’s plan for you to reset that regret. Encourage others in your family to share, too.