Or maybe we uttered these fatal words, "I forgot about it". On plenty of occasions we have regrets for what should have happened but didn't. But only when we are faced with the cold harsh reality that the consequences are severe do we actually think through the entire process of what that regret means.
You can contrast the feelings of Peter and Judas and see that the response to those regrets differed upon the level of commitment they had to the situation. Peter knew Jesus was the Messiah, Judas saw him as something different. To some, not dealing with past issues is just a relief and when they rear their ugly head we whack them like one of those "Whack-a-mole" games and put them back in the hole unless we have a consequence to pay.
Peter dealt with it through receiving the Spirit of truth. He may have regretted his actions, but God was going to use him anyway (hits directly home with me). Judas was also full of regret, but he did not feel that forgiveness and forfeited his life. Major consequence for Judas, as someone once said, "you can't un-ring that bell."
Maybe today we regret not taking care of something we should have. Maybe we regret not doing something we could have. Or, maybe we wonder what would have been if we just listened to God's voice? Whatever way we regret, we must accept that anything we haven't dealt with, that we keep inside and have hidden, may one day consume us with an overwhelming pain for not dealing with it.
Can't change it, but we can deal with it!
I forgot to write about something.-you may already know this but worth repeating.-God does not regret paying the price for your forgiveness, Just accept the gift, enjoy it, and move on without regrets, let's try that!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.