Shame & Regret
It amazes me how quickly time passes. As I look at my grandchildren I'm reminded of my own kids and it seems like it was only yesterday that they were that age. One day we wake up much older and though the years have been full they are definitely fleeting.
I, as most of you, have many things I wish I would have done differently. Regret and shame has a tendency to bid for my attention, as my mind begins to reflect on the mistakes I've made on my personal journey. That's a path that's familiar to me and I know it only leads to heartache and depression.
If we've repented of our past, we have no need to go back there. The enemy will gently reach out his hand to lead us into negative reminiscing, then jerk us into self hatred and despair. Don't take the bait!! You are forgiven and justified through the blood of Jesus!!
Stay focused on Him and study what His Word says about you! You are His righteousness and you've been made new in Him! Yes, we've all made mistakes and done some stupid things we wish we would have never done. Learn from them and keep moving forward! Praise God we are still a work in progress! He's not finished with us yet!!
Ephesians 1:7 (NLT) He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
Philippians 4:8-9 (TPT) So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising Him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NKJV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old
things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.