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How to Manage Regret with Forgiveness

April 12, 2019

We’ve all done things we regret, and we must live with less-than-perfect.

Lately I’ve been having those odd dreams where I get out in public without being fully dressed.

In one dream, I was supposed to dress up as a character for a party. The only outfit I liked had a sparkly lace bodice and a full fluffy skirt. However, the lace had a very wide grid so you could see everything underneath. But I bought it. Regret!

That’s a problem. I’m a very private person, and I was miserable. I knew people could see my upper body and my underwear.

Finally, I found strips of paper towel and put it behind the bodice. At that point, I had to hold it in place, which wasn’t easy. The whole thing was a nightmare. Regret.

And as a child, I regretted my actions too. How often I wanted to go back in time and reverse my choice, especially if I hurt someone.

However, many of our choices can’t be changed, and we have to put up with the decisions our friends make. There’s a verse in the OT written by the prophet Joel to Israel:

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust, Joel 2:25

That means God can take the awful and turn it around.

The Old Testament says, “Give the repentant nation larger harvests than they would naturally yield.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the great preacher from the Victorian era, explained that verse: First the person must throw himself on the mercy of God and ask for forgiveness, or in this case, the nation.

As we approach Easter, we remember Christ’s sacrifice for our sins:

Isaiah 53 says:

But he was wounded for our transgressions;
    he was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement of our peace was upon him,
    and with his wounds we are healed.

My guest today is Linda Rondeau. Linda wrote Hosea’s Heart, and the main character must deal with regret.

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