How do you deal with regrets once you have repented? Do you easily accept God’s forgiveness and move on, never really thinking about your sin again? Or do you think that the amount of sorrow you feel over your sin somehow justifies your right to be forgiven?
2 Cor 7:10 says this: “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”
So what does this mean? Does God want us to forget? Or does He want us to keep our regrets in front of our face?
I know people on both sides of the spectrum. Some that accept grace so easily it almost seems as if they were never sorry. Then there are others who amplify their sorrow as if volume is proof of their sincerity. Sadly, their regrets drag them down as if some invisible ball and chain is attached to their foot. They’re unable to move forward in freedom because their regrets keep them super-glued to their past. God has forgiven them, but they haven’t accepted his forgiveness.
God doesn’t want you to stay there. He is able to take your past and use it for good. Don’t linger in the kind of regret that brings despair! Don’t let the enemy convince you that you are unworthy of forgiveness. Repent and release your regrets. You can’t drive a car forward by constantly looking in the rear view mirror. It’s an occasional glance so you don’t crash. In the same manner, you can’t keep looking back and expect to move forward in life.
Keep your eyes fixed on Him! You can’t change your past, but God can redirect your future!