Monday, 20 March 2017

Holding on to Regrets?

Hello All,

Have you ever regretted over something you’ve done or failed to do?

If life was perfect and the world we live in unbroken, there would be no place for regrets. Regrets are indicators that something is not right in our lives and in this world.

Regrets are effects of a fallen world.

Holding on to Regrets?
By Joanne Liaw Sook Ling

'Don't cry over spilt milk!' goes the wise adage
A profound, pithy statement of the sage
What can you do when the milk has been spilt?
Why wallow in regret and pointless guilt?

It is always easier said than done
We have regrets; others more than some
If time could just give us another chance
To undo a wrong step made in a dance

Hurtful words, we wish were left unspoken
Tender hearts, we wish we had not broken
Loving words, we should not have left unsaid
Burning bridges, we've painstakingly made

Betraying others and being betrayed
Leaving someone when we should have stayed
Forsaking others for selfish gains
Wrongs we keep doing again and again

We cannot undo the wrongs we have done
Not by regretting every single one
Not by atoning for them with good deeds
Those remedies are futile, indeed!

The greatest regret of humanity
Is eating from that forbidden tree
Rejecting God’s reign and authority
Messing up the world and ruling poorly

Do not give way to despair; don’t lose hope
For help dangles not from a flimsy rope
But rescue finds its firm foundation
In Jesus, the Rock of our salvation

Cursed is He who is hung on a tree
Christ was accursed for you and me
He reversed humanity’s greatest regret
On the Tree, God’s wrath and mercy met

'Don't cry over spilt milk!' goes the wise adage
A profound, pithy statement of the sage
Cry not over the milk that has been spilt
For Jesus has taken away your guilt

Points for Reflection:
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”
(Galatians 3:13 ESV)
·         Are you wallowing in regret? Are there hurtful words, you wish were left unspoken? Are there tender hearts, you wish you had not broken? Have you burned bridges, you've painstakingly made? Have you forsaken and betrayed others for selfish gains?
·         We are perhaps so wrapped up in the regrets of our lives that we do not realise the greatest regret of humanity – rejecting God’s reign and authority.
·         The wonderful news for those who trust in Christ is that He has reversed the effect of that regretful rejection. He died hanging on a tree and became a curse for us so that He may free us from the curse of the law. No longer do we need to fear eternal death in hell for He has set aside a place for us in heaven. Doesn’t that bring great relief to your troubled hearts?
·         Commit to God the other regrets that you are holding on to. Ask Him to lift the burden of guilt from you and to find joy in the reversal of humanity’s greatest regret.