Unspeakable Joy Devotional

September 1st

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Let Go of Regret. Philippians 3:13 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”

Condemning inner voices whisper to us that we should have spent more time with our spouse or children; been a better wife or husband; taken a job to contribute to the family income; accepted the promotion, turned down the offer; said no to temptation. The list of our inner voice is endless!

We tell ourselves we could have tried harder, been more discerning, tuned into another’s needs, kept our cool, stayed calm, not fought back, learned better ways to handle a difficult situation, stayed away, kept our mouth shut, saved up instead of going into debt, or prayed more.

Then we begin to live in the fantasy world of if only. If only I had listened to my parents, if only I had finished my degree, if only I hadn’t married so young, and the list goes on. This is a waste of effort, time, and energy, because we can’t go back and change those things.

Because of the Cross, we don’t have to minimize our regret or deny our regret. We bring all of our regrets to the foot of the Cross. We release them because our God is in the redemption business, and at the foot of the Cross, regret can turn into repentance, and repentance can turn into redemption.

If you’re in the process of creating a mountain of regret, stop! If you’re carrying a weight of regret on your back that you can’t fix, it’s in the past-put it down and clean it out, because it’s time to make room for something new.

Acts 3:19 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

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