Look forward to the future, leave your past alone
Isaiah 43:18-19; “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?"
This question led to this article, where I will attempt to answer with my opinion, backed with a few scriptural references.
It is so easy to look at the past, the mistakes, the regrets that we still carry today. But does this change anything? No, it does not.
Rather, it leaves us depressed, filled with dark thoughts and a sense of hopelessness.
We begin to feel like there is absolutely no way our lives could ever get better or great, we think God could not possibly still love me. He must be done with me and continue in that vein.
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With this, we lose sight of the kind of God that we serve, that He turns our tests (mistakes, weaknesses, regrets, poor choices) into testimonies.
2 Corinthians 7:10 - "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves but worldly sorrow brings death."
We forget that the Bible is filled with a lot of people who did terrible things, but ended up with amazing futures.
A perfect example is Saul, he dedicated his life to the persecution of the early disciples of Jesus. In spite of this terrible past, he became Paul the Apostle, commonly known as Saint Paul, who spent his life preaching the gospel everywhere he went.
Thus, he is the perfect person to talk about regrets.
In Philippians 3:13, he says, "Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: ,
This is indeed the perfect answer on how to deal with regrets of the past.
To answer that question on how to deal with regrets, I say see them as lessons, ask God what you should learn from them, and move on.
Isaiah 43:18 tells us to “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past."
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Also, God does not think like man, His ways are unlike ours. He is not going to condemn you because of your past, rather He will use your past, the things you think are so horrible, as an opportunity to show who He is.
God is not limited by anything, so your past does not necessarily factor in when He wants to take you somewhere.
So, stop dwelling on your past, your regrets and look unto the future. Ask for forgiveness, repent, embrace salvation, and be resurrected in His grace.
1 John 1:9 says,“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
It is not over. As long as you are still here, still alive, God is not done with you!
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