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The Sorrow of Regret: You Have To Let Go Now

The Sorrow of Regret: You Have To Let Go Now

The sorrow of regret : you have to let go now

Regretting can be upsetting. If you have ever wrestled with this demon then you will understand  about the sorrow of regret. If we allow it, regret has the capacity to kill us. Yet, we have the power through the grace of God to overcome any evil emotion.

His Grace Is Sufficient

How can we let go of the sorrow of regret? This question is important because most people will find themselves in situations they wish they can unlive, yet they keep reliving it. It is quite nonsensical to hold on to a thing that we want to let go. 

It is also important because of the danger of this emotion. It can steal your joy and weaken your endurance. As we face this obstacle we must understand that it is only by God’s grace that we can truly overcome it. It is not easy to let go of a thing that travels with you everywhere you go.

Think about it for a little while and consider that this thing will drive a person crazy. When we keep going around the same mountain, and reliving the same events then what we are doing is confusing ourselves. This confusion is very dangerous in the hands of the enemy. It is the breeding ground for all sorts of evil.

Sorrow Is Dangerous In The Hands Of The Enemy

The enemy will use our shortfalls to his advantage. After Jesus fasted 40 days and forty nights the Bible says He was hungry. The enemy wanted to use this to his advantage and so tempted Jesus with food. The serpent said to Jesus ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.‘ Being in the Spirit Jesus replied to the devil “Man shall not live by bread alone.” 

In this we see the strategy of satan, to attack us when we are most vulnerable. This scripture not only taught us about satan’s strategy, but most importantly we see how Jesus responded. He responded with the Word of God. We can deduce two important lessons:

  1. satan attacks us when we are most vulnerable
  2. We should respond to the satan’s trickery with the Word of God

Sorrow Hurts, And Hurt Is The Breeding Ground Of More Hurt

Sorrow hurts, and hurt is the breeding ground of more hurt. This means that when you are sorrowful you will be hurt, and this hurt will produce more hurt, which keeps on hurting. Imagine this hurt in the hands of the evil one. We should know about this cycle of hurt and end it immediately. When a person is sorrowful they become quite vulnerable in the hands of satan. When this happens only God can help us.
 
Our vulnerability in this time also exposes us to all sorts of evil things. Maybe it’s a friend that offers you your first bottle, or your first joint. Or probably the pain of regret becomes so unbearable that you seek these things for yourself – wanting to ease the pain. It might even be experimenting with a party drug for the first time, just to be ensnared.
 
Whichever way it happens, it all comes from the enemy’s camp. satan will influence people to influence other people. he will use any means necessary to snatch us away from God’s hands. Because of this it is very probable that satan will snatch us if we become distracted for too long.

In The Sorrow Of Regret we must be thankful that God has our backs

When we are vulnerable, God is most available. When our hearts are broken He is near to the broken hearted. Similarly, when we are wounded He binds our wounds. If you are sorrowful and living in regret, take heart and be encouraged. If you have faith as little as a mustard seed, by God’s grace you can get over the mountain of regret.

As Peter pledged to Jesus that he would never deny Him, Peter said to Jesus : Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death. Jesus then replied to him ” I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me” After Peter made this pledge he denied Jesus three times. The Bible says that when Peter denied Christ he went out and wept bitterly. 

Imagine the sorrow that Peter went through when this happened. Peter was overtaken by the sorrow of regret. Yet, it is good for Peter that Jesus prayed for him that he might have stood firm and strong in this evil day. 

After Jesus died and rose from the dead Mary and Salome went to His tomb only to find it was empty. They saw an angel who told them to go call the disciples, and Peter too. Even though the Bible didn’t say it but I believe the angel said ‘and Peter too’ because he knew that Peter was so sorrowful that he had given up on even his discipleship. Yet  Jesus called Peter too.

Jesus Is calling your too

In the sorrow of regret you should know that God has not forgotten about you. Sometimes our wrong is so magnanimous that we think God is not able to save us. But His grace is sufficient and His mercy is everlasting. Jesus Christ is mighty to save the most wretched and cruel sins. Think about this for a while.

The Bible says that Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. Maybe you have done somethings that you regret so badly, and you think that Jesus Christ has forgotten about you. But the Bible says that He has borne our sorrows. Now it’s our turn to let these sorrows go and run to Him. 

Maybe someone has hurt you so badly that your sorrow has elevated to the highest degree. You too can take heart and be encouraged. Jesus not only prayed for Peter, but He also prayed for you and I. Don’t let your sorrows pin you down and knock you over. Arise from your low place and begin running after Christ.

In Order to release your future you must let go of yesterday

To move on you must let go of yesterday. If you allow it, the past will mortify you. Constant regret is a poison that slowly kills you. In order for you to move on into the amazing future God had for you then you must let go of the past. The past is already gone and you cannot change it no matter how Hard you try. However, you might not be able to change the past but you have the power through Christ to create the future by letting go of yesterday. 

Imagine if Peter held on to the sorrow of the past. Would Peter have gone with the other disciples to meet Jesus? He probably most likely wouldn’t. But even after Peter denied Jesus, he went with the other disciples to meet Him. Peter had to let go in order to go on. You too must do the same. You must let go of whatever holds you back and you must run to Jesus.

See also – Coping with rejection : How To Move On When Turned Down

I have had my own share of regrets. I have done things that I wished and wished I could undo. These things pinned me down for a years, yet I’ve found that I am just hurting myself when I hold on to the sorrow of regret. It affected me in every area of my life, both physically and spiritually. It also held me back from moving forward. This is why I am so passionate about imploring you to let go. You must let go because you must go on.

Identify with the role you played in your sorrow

Many times we blame others for our sorrow, but it’s fine time for us to take responsibility and move on. Regardless of the role others played, we had the option to not be a part of the whole event. Maybe we blame someone for passing us our first cup of wine and then we just can’t stop drinking. When you were handed that, cup you took it, and you drank. 

This means that you are responsible. This is the same with all other aspects of life. Whether is be sorrows from past relationships, or sorrows from the injustice of others. We always had a part to play.

On this basis we should acknowledge this part we played, accept that we went wrong, and then move on. It is easier to move on when we accept responsibility as opposed to blaming others. Those others might have gone on, but you hold to the sorrow of yesterday. May God grant you the power and the anointing to accept the things you cannot change and let go.

Concluding Thoughts

We have learnt that the sorrow of regret is a very dangerous thing. This sorrow, when entertained for too long, has the capacity to destroy us. Whether our sorrows are from somethings we did or something someone did, they are both sorrows and we must let go.

Thankfully by the grace and power of Jesus Christ we can let go of our sorrows and venture into the amazing future God has planned for us. Remember that even though your sorrows will make you most vulnerable, God’s love is available and can never fail. May you let go – and go on. God bless you.

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