Regret is both gift and challenge. We make mistakes and we learn as we grow. We fall and we rise. It is all part of the abundant life that God desires for us. Jesus is intimately aware of our human condition and offers us grace upon grace. Our Savior invites us into abundant life so that we can live fully in the grace of God. Grace is vital because we are flawed. Grace makes us acutely aware that sometimes our decisions or indecisions lead us down a regrettable road. But thankfully, no matter where our paths take us, God’s mercy intersects with regret and our faith journey flourishes.
As people of faith, we are lifted above guilt and shame by God’s grace. Our hope is in our promise from sacred scripture. “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose” (Romans 8:28). Since we have such a hope, we act with great boldness — regrets and all!
This message is excerpted from “The gift and challenge of having regret” by Angela T. Khabeb in the 2018 Café online magazine.
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