Regretting Our Decisions
Daily Bible Reading – Psalm 125; Matthew 26, 27
Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 27:1-10
We do not really know what Judas was thinking when he betrayed Jesus. Perhaps Judas was tired of waiting on Jesus. Perhaps he finally realized that Jesus kingdom would not be an earthly kingdom filled with money and power, but a spiritual one. Perhaps he believed that his betrayal would force Jesus’ hand into revolting against Rome. Because it is not written in Scripture, we can only speculate about his motives. What we do know from Scripture is that eventually Judas regretted his decision. When he finally realized that Jesus was not going to rise up and form a kingdom on earth against Rome and was instead going to be killed, Judas “was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders”. (27:3) Unfortunately for Judas, it was too late. The chief priests and the elders had already started down the path to killing Jesus and they were not about to stop their plans now just because Judas had changed his mind. (27:4-10)
Just like Judas, we often regret the decisions we make. Many of us have things in our pasts that we wish we could change or do differently. For most of us, these decisions led to events that cannot be changed now. Though we feel remorse for our decisions, it is unfortunately too late to do anything to change them. The best we can do is take these decisions to God in prayer and ask Him for forgiveness. The best part is that if we ask Him for forgiveness with a pure heart and pure motives, He will forgive us. Unlike humans, God does not keep a record of our past transgressions. God is able to forgive us of our sins and then move on, and we should do the same. Not only should we forgive others of their sins against us and move on, we should forgive OURSELVES of our past sins and move on. If Judas had been able to that, maybe he would not have ended up hanging himself. Maybe he could have been redeemed. After all, Peter also disowned Jesus and was able to come back and help start the church. Holding on to our regrets can lead to our destruction. At the very least, holding on to our regret can keep us from living the life God intended for us. Let go of regrets and leave them at the cross. Then watch as God’s plan for you begins to unfold.
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