May 29

“Je Ne Regrette Rien” [“I don’t regret anything”], Part 1

II Corinthians 7:8-10 For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Today’s title is the name of the signature song from France’s most famous singer of the last century, Edith Piaf. It’s considered an assertive act of independence and defiance. It’s also foolish and short-sighted. (Piaf herself died of ill health and drug addiction at 47, hardly a proper symbol for the perspective of the song.)

To get to the point where we regret nothing involves a great work of the spirit and a lot of work on our part. Usually, this is said as a defensive mechanism because we haven’t figured out what to do with our regret. Regrets weigh us down and are often etched in marble in our hearts and minds. The Lord doesn’t want us to live in regret, and has given us ways to properly deal with them instead of erecting a wall against them.

One level of regret is simple: we didn’t do what we wanted to do. Yes, the past is gone, but maybe you still can. Ask yourself and the Lord: Where does the “You can’t!” come from? Unless what you’re thinking is selfish and sinful, it may well be an old prompting of the Holy Spirit. At least bring it to the Savior, and ask Him to confirm it and then direct you. He may need to sift through a number of extraneous thoughts and feelings that have attached themselves to His original word. You yourself may need to wage some spiritual warfare to break through some old demonic clouds and resistance. But wait on Him until the word you receive reflects the godly wisdom described in James 3:17. That may release a clarity about what He’s put inside of you and may open the door to moving forward.

We can change regret, which is sometimes nothing more than a demonic drag attached to memories or even old dreams. Bring your regret to the Lord, lay it at his feet, and let go of your old interpretations and explanations surrounding the regret. As you continue to war in not picking it back up again, let the Holy Spirit flow through your heart, mind and spirit, as He touches, heals, brings light and perhaps conviction. The Lord is good at getting to the bottom of things, clearing away the debris.

Many of our regrets surround our gifts and callings. Since the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29), they still reside within us, often tugging and stirring. Regret binds these gifts and callings, and works to hold them back from godly expression. Let’s let him clear away the regret from the word that He has put in us, and let it come forth. He will make room for it in your life.

Prayer: Father, please take my regrets for the things I didn’t do. I lay them at the feet of Jesus, and I ask you to take away the chaff and leave the wheat. I want to see what You put in me originally, and I ask that You would, in Your time and way, release those gifts and callings for Your glory.

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