How to Get over REGRET

And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

John 8:11

Have you ever struggled with getting over regret? It’s difficult when we think we’ve moved on but it’s still digging at us years later. However, this isn’t God’s plan for our lives. He desires for us to live free from regret so we can know what it is to live in freedom. Learn how to get over REGRET:

R – Recognize God’s love and forgiveness are bigger than us.
“For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” (1 John 3:20)

We struggle most with regret when we don’t consider the greatness of our God. Regardless of what we’ve done—He’s larger than our mistakes and ready to forgive us.

E – Expect feelings of guilt, shame, and regret after we’ve sinned.
“And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.” (1 Samuel 24:5)

If we didn’t feel guilt or regret for what we’ve done wrong, our hearts may be deceived and hardened from the impact of our sins. Yet, the Lord gives us the Holy Spirit who drives our hearts towards repentance and conviction.

G – Give it over to the Lord in confession and repentance.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

God has the capacity not only to forgive our sins, but to also cleanse us from it’s stain. This is the result of the amazing work that Jesus did on the cross when He took the punishment for all of our sins.

R – Reach out to those we’ve wronged.
“So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)

Once we’ve made it right with God, we need to make it right with those we’ve sinned against. They may or may not accept our genuine apology; however, our responsibility is to make peace as much as it is up to us.

E – Embrace God’s presence during our season of consequences.
“For he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
The peace of God hacks away at the pillars of guilt, regret, and shame. His peace overwhelms our hearts so that we don’t even understand the inner calm within us.

T- Take God at His word and walk in freedom.
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19)
Sometimes it takes some time before we actually feel completely forgiven. Yet, if we hold to the truth of God’s word—we will get there and take every day with confidence of being fully forgiven.


Dear Lord, I want to walk in the freedom of complete forgiveness. Lead me in the right path of pulling away from regrets towards the joy of newness in Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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