February 2, 2015

Peace not Regrets

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 2, 2015

Didn’t I see you with him [Jesus] in the garden? Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow. John 18:26-27

I sometimes reflect on my regrets in life. Things I did—if I could do over—I would do differently. Things I didn’t do—if I could do over—I would do differently. For example: In high school I chose being popular over living a principled lifestyle. Following undergraduate and graduate school, I regret not being more intentional in keeping up with friends from college and seminary. There are some financial investments I would forgo, if I had a redo. Mostly, I wish I would’ve better engaged my feelings with people instead of residing in my emotional man cave.

Peter found himself in a situation that tested his faith in Christ and his courage to speak up in the face of fear. With his sword, he had aggressively defended Jesus at his arrest, but after Christ rebuked him, he would learn the lesson of patient loyalty—not angry defense. Peter failed the first test of restraint when provoked and the second test of honesty when questioned. He had regrets for not responding properly for Jesus. This most outspoken disciple wept tears of remorse for not speaking up. Fortunately, faith in Jesus and faithfulness to Jesus replaces regret with His peace.

“Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly” (Matthew 26:75).

Perhaps you find yourself post faith in Christ—regretting the days prior to finding the Lord. Without a moral compass you hurt others. You selfishly squandered money and opportunities. Looking back, there may be people you wish you had avoided and others you wish you had developed a relationship with. Like a residue, regrets cover over your conscience. A failed marriage, hurt children, parental disappointments, bad choices, dead end jobs and addictions can contribute to present disappointments, sadness, guilt and remorse. Christ offers healing to regretful hearts.

Jesus, after His resurrection, first appeared to Peter (1 Corinthians 15:5). Peter was forgiven. His regrets were replaced by the peace of Jesus (John 20:19-20). Like Peter—in our time of need we have the same access to our Lord for forgiveness and peace. When we spend time with Christ and receive His love, we have no time for regrets. Regrets are unresolved sins that require our repentance. Once we are cleansed by Christ—our conscience is cleared. Our past conduct is covered by our confession of sin and reception of God’s forgiveness. God’s grace restores peace.

“I am sending this letter to those who have been selected and destined by God the Father and made holy by God the Spirit that you may be obedient to Jesus the Anointed and purified by the sprinkling of His blood. May grace and peace beyond all reckoning be yours” (1 Peter 1:2, The Voice).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I release my regrets to You and receive Your grace and peace.

Related Readings: Psalm 34:4-5, 51:8-9; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Philippians 3:13; 1 John 1:9

Post/Tweet this today: When we spend time with Christ and receive His love, we have no time for regrets. #peacenotregrets #wisdomhunters

Additional Resource: 4 minute audio/video- Perfect Peace by Laura Story

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