FMF: Choosing Redemption Over Regret

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.  2 Corinthians 7:10 esv

The word set out for us to ponder today is {regret}.  I get that word.  I know it.  I’ve known it and have held it or rather IT has held me.

And I think that is the conclusion I’ve come to regarding regret.  It can be a productive learning tool in my hands or it can be a tool in the hands of the enemy used against me.  If I live under regret (and I have plenty of choices I could live under) then I allow the enemy to make me a slave to guilt and shame.

2 cor 7.10 esv

However, if I choose to take hold of regretful choices as a tool for productive growth under the supervision of Holy Spirit then I become an overcomer.  Jesus words – we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

On my faith journey this past year, the eyes of my heart have focused in on these wonderfully life-giving words of King David.  He had some serious regrets after taking a woman who was not his wife, then killing his faithful servant (her husband) to cover the tracks of his adulterous sin.  He thought he could hide his nakedness just as Adam and Eve thought they could hide their shame from God’s sight.

After David’s confession and repentance, he ran toward God out of hiding and cried out for mercy.  And then he asked for a way to use his sin as a tool of productivity:

Let my passion for life be restored,
    tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me.
    Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that
obeys whatever you say.
Then I can show to other guilty ones
    how loving and merciful you are.
    They will find their way back home to you,
    knowing that you will forgive them.  Psalm 51:12-13

I have plenty of regrets.  However, I’m learning to take hold of each one as a tool of learning and productivity… as training under my Father’s loving and forgiving guidance.  He will not take His Holy Spirit from me – my Teacher and Comforter.  No, as I take responsibility for every choice, Father teaches me how to turn regret into an opportunity to train another.  It’s a beautiful exchange.psalm 51.13 teach transgressors.png

Regret – I won’t live under it.  I will hold out regret before my Father and ask Him to make it a tool in my hand by which I will get to disciple others even as He disciples me.

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God.  For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  Isaiah 61:10 niv

What regret could you hold out to your loving Father today and exchange it for a productive tool of discipleship for someone else?

Eyes on Jesus… you’re shining!




Today I am joining Kate and her wonderful community of faith writers for some Five Minute Friday writing fun.  The word prompt for this week is {beauty}  If you’re in the least bit intrigued, come join us for the Five Minute Friday link up

All you have to do is ponder the word prompt, set your timer for 5:00, and start typing. When time’s up, publish and link up.  Oh so simple!


17 thoughts on “FMF: Choosing Redemption Over Regret

  1. Lisa, thank you for pointing to the reality of redemption. “I won’t live under it. I will hold out regret before my Father and ask Him to make it a tool in my hand by which I will get to disciple others even as He disciples me.” This will be my prayer.

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  2. “…if I choose to take hold of regretful choices as a tool for productive growth under the supervision of Holy Spirit then I become an overcomer.”

    That’s a powerful word, my friend. Reminds me of what someone (I can’t remember who) once told me: When you sin, don’t wait to run to the Throne of Grace until tomorrow. Do it right now. Let God work it out.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to read my words, Marie, and thank you for joining in the conversation. I’m so happy to see your face pop up here!! Bless you friend as we journey together from afar…


  3. This is beautiful, Lisa. I think I need to post David’s words to my fridge to remind me. Yes! Use my forgiven sins to point others to YOU, LORD. Your love, compassion and mercy.

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    1. Yes, Anna! Bless you friend as we journey side by side across the ocean to teach others with love from our own experience! Titus 2 women – disciplers and disciple makers. I love you, friend


  4. Regrets as tools….I love that! It means so much to me when others share what they’ve been through and the lessons they’ve learned! I hope I can use my “tools” to inspire others too. Great post Lisa. Your words spoke to me today! Cindy Wilkins

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    1. Cindy, thank you for stopping by and spending some of your precious time with me today! Thank you for encouraging me back. Here’s to using our best tools for the Kingdom of God – For His Glory! Bless you with Him…


  5. Using our regrets as a learning tool – such wisdom…and maturity to get to that point! It’s a journey but what a blessing when we can actually allow our regrets to fine-tune us!

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  6. Dear Lisa, I love the way our God is so redemptive over every one of our regrets! It’s so easy to let the enemy keep gloating over them, isn’t it? But what a precious thought to know that JESUS will use those very regrets to help draw others into His mercy too! *Hugs!*

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