No regrets! How many of us live by that motto? I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve always repeated those words, until recently. No matter how many mistakes and no matter how strong you’ve been able to handle your past, let’s face it, we all have regrets. Who is willing to actually admit this? Will the real person living with real regret please stand up?

For some, regret means being less than an hour from the Grand Canyon and not hopping off the highway to see it. For others, it’s not asking out that boy or girl when you had the chance, whether you would have been rejected or not. But for many of us, regrets are sins or scars that haunt us. They may not on a daily basis (although for many they do), but when the lights go out and the curtain is pulled at the end of the day, they come rushing in and stealing our joy.

So how do we face these regrets? How can we sever all ties to the lingering effects of our mistakes? As always we should see what God has to say. While there are many scriptures that we can quote, let’s look at the powerful verse in 1 John. It doesn’t beat around the bush; it gets right to the point.

1 John 1:9 says, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (NIV)

We are human and as much as we like to hide it, we regret. We regret a lot. If it’s a mistake, a sin, or just a missed opportunity, go to God and ask Him to take it from you. It’s time to let go and turn it all over to Jesus.

It’s then and only then we can truly live with no regrets.