If you’ve ever found yourself saying “I wish I had never done______”, or “I really wish I had said_____” then you’re not alone. Regrets (the sorrow of our actions or the grief of missed opportunity) are what we, as humans, share in common. We will ALL experience regret at some point. We’re human, we’re sinners, we’re going to experience regret from time to time.
But how do we move from the Groan of Regrets that keep us locked up in shame and disappointment to the Glory of Grace that frees us to live a life of forgiveness and freedom?
In our message today we looked at Peter in the bible, one of the things Peter is famous for is actually one of his biggest regrets… denying Jesus, in Jesus’ final hours on earth. You can read about it in Matthew 26:31-35 and Matthew 26:69-74. As you read this story, perhaps you can relate to Peters sorrow of regret. Perhaps you’ve said something you wish you could take back? Or been silent when you should have spoken up? Maybe there was a decision you made that you deeply regret?
Be assured of these 3 things:
1 – Jesus loves you despite your regrets.
Jesus chose Peter to be his disciple & close friend knowing that Peter would go onto deny him. Peters bad decision never changed how Jesus felt about him.
“Nothing can come between Gods love for you!” Romans 8:39
2 – Jesus doesn’t hold grudges, He offers grace.
When Jesus rose from the dead, he specifically chose to visit Peter, of all people, he visited the friend who rejected him.
“We have received grace heaped upon more grace!” John 1:16
3 – Jesus is the only author of your story!
Peters worst day was not his last day… he went on to do INCREDIBLE things. Your past does not define you or determine your future!
“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good”. Romans 8:28 MSG