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Genesis 6:6

New King James Version (NKJV)

And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

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Human memory is a strange and powerful tool. It is flexible, adaptable. It is beautiful because we don’t tend to remember the pain of a wound itself; rather, we remember that there was pain.

While physical pain might not be something the human mind can store, emotional pain can be opened up, as raw as a freshly drawn cut. Emotional wounds are the ones we can’t get at, the ones that other people can’t see. It is up to us how these scars influence our lives.

Every person has regret. I meet people who pretend that they don’t regret any moment of their lives—to those people, each moment of life is something worthwhile, a tiny treasure to be stored away. But to those of us who believe in God, each moment spent away from Him is a moment to be regretted later.

We shouldn’t feel ashamed of having regret. Some people seem to be carefree and unburdened by the same sense of regret that we feel. But each person is carrying around a whole lifetime’s worth of memories, complete with scars that we can’t see.

Even God Himself, who created all things, and who made us in His image, felt regret. There are many beautiful qualities that we can attribute to the fact that we are made in God’s image—love, empathy, compassion—but thinking of regret as another part of this image can help us to see how connected to us God truly is. When God felt regret, He didn't dwell on the pain of the moment; instead, He worked to make things right again.

God understands the struggles of the human mind because He created us, and ultimately, He experienced what it was like to be human when He came to Earth as Jesus Christ.

If you feel regret, don’t waste time on being ashamed of that feeling. Don’t spend too much time obsessing over the thing you said or did that you wish you could take back, the opportunity you missed. Instead, try to focus on how God reacted to feeling regret. Focus on how you can steer your life in the right direction, starting at this very moment.

Hebrews 2:18

New King James Version (NKJV)

18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

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Ask God for help when you feel regret, or when you feel tempted to do something that you know you will regret later. God is perfect, but He understands our pain better than we ever can.

This post was written by Emily Haymans.