Thought for the Day: “Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord.” Psalm 25:7
Regret, now that’s a word that often haunts and follows individuals today. So much time and energy is spent on the sorrow and anguish of foolish past actions or possibly non-actions when we were nudged to do otherwise. We’ve probably all experienced life events we wish would afford us a do-over, or at least an intervention allowing us an overview of how that particular action or event will be seen in the future. The age-old comment that the past has 20/20 vision is so true.
However, reading this verse of scripture this morning I realized that when we have asked forgiveness of our past actions, sins, shortcomings, God separates that shame as far and the east is from the west and through His love, He chooses to remember it no more. He won’t be the one bringing it up to the forefront of your mind when you least expect it. He won’t be the one nagging you to return to the scene of the crime urging you to possibly experience it again. He won’t be the one causing a reoccurrence of your failure in order to test your ability to react differently.
No, there is another force at work in the world today that wants nothing more than for you to continue to be stuck in the mud of remembrance, hurt and the fiascos of life unable to move forward towards a future of hope and forgiveness. Don’t allow the prince of this world to discredit what your Father in Heaven, through the blood of Jesus Christ, has made available. Lay every disappointment and every regret at the foot of the Cross of Jesus Christ. He died so that we might live victoriously. Will we sin? Yes. Will we be perfect followers? No. Can we experience victorious living today that places regret in the past? Absolutely. And when that regret ever is remembered you intentionally pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to remove what has already been forgiven.
If you’re stuck in the mud, your feet covered with shame, guilt, unhappiness, distress; whatever emotion you are feeling, ask the Creator of the Universe, the One who made you in His image to take it all away. He’s waiting with a clean slate. Why delay?
Thank you, Jesus, that you go before the Father with our every request. I pray if someone is reading this blog and repeating this verse of scripture, they will ask for your intervention, love and forgiveness for past regretful events. At times, Lord, we need to forgive others when they have not responded as we thought was appropriate but aid us in realizing we are not responsible for anyone but ourselves. May today the mud be washed off the feet of those in need by the hands of the One who washed the feet of the disciples. In Jesus’ Name, Amen