How to Say Goodbye to Regrets: 10 Tips

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Are you living with regret? All of us have made mistakes at one point or another, and they haunt us. If we don’t learn how to say goodbye to regrets, we will not be able to live the abundant life.

But Jesus came so that we could live a rich full life right now (Jn 10:10) and He wants to teach you how to let go of your past blunders with its heavy guilt.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Mk 11:28-29 NLT)

We have a great God who forgives us for even the worst of sins. The apostle Paul, a murderer of many Christians before his Damascus Road conversion, said to Timothy:

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. (1 Tim 1:15-16)

Here Are 10 Tips in How to Say GOODBYE to Regrets

1. Accept the fact that you cannot change the past

It’s water under the bridge.

2. Admit your mistakes

Making excuses and justifying your actions prevent moving forward. Even if it was an honest mistake, take ownership.

3. Have a godly sorrow for your sin

Understanding how grievous your behavior was, is the next step to freedom. Your sin/my sin hurts the heart of God.

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret…. (2 Cor 7:10)

4. Repent

That is, turn and go in the opposite direction; change your behavior. Feeling sorry that you’ve sinned is only the beginning.

Genuine godly sorrow always leads to a change in heart attitude and behavior!

5. Accept God’s full forgiveness

God remove’s your shame/guilt as well as your sins.

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. (Ps 103:12, see also Is 6:5-6).

6. Ask for forgiveness from anybody affected by your wrongdoing

7. Commit to living rightly from this day forward

Stay close to God and always consult God before making decisions. 

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Mat 6:33)

8. Change your thinking

We often have trouble moving forward because we haven’t changed the way we think. Actions always follow thought patterns. Wrong thinking about God, others, or ourselves leads to wrong behavior and wrong decisions.

Therefore, prayerfully ask the Lord to help you get to the root of the issue–the reason why you act the way you do. The Lord wants to renew your mind with His powerful Word, let Him. Do your part by reading, meditating, and applying God’s truths to replace that wrong way of thinking with His freeing truths. Right actions will soon follow. (Get my free resource below to help you.)

9. Turn it around

Utilize the sadness of the past to:

  • Learn from your mistakes and not waste the pain
  • Keep you committed in staying on track
  • Motivate you to persevere and make the most of every opportunity from now on (Ep 5:15-17)
  • Warn others so they won’t make the same mistakes
  • Give you a heart of gratitude for God’s incredible mercy and another chance

10. Trust God to redeem what was lost

God can work all things together for good—even your mistakes!

“I will give you back what you lost to the…locusts….” (Joel 2:25 NLT)

So until next time, my friends, STOP living under the bondage of “If only I had….”
Choose to say goodbye to regrets and hello to the abundant life!


Relevant Resources:
Ahhhhhhhhh! Getting Relief from Our Burdens
From the Vertical to the Horizontal: Empowered to Relate to People God’s Way by Rose Noland (read book excerpt)
Choosing Forgiveness by Nancy L. DeMoss

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