I’d like to revisit my stance on “No Regrets.”
I still reject using the phrase as a slogan to get away with whatever we please without acknowledging mistakes as mistakes; and I don’t like when it’s used in an attempt to somehow turn our mistakes into good choices. Feeling regret or remorse can be a good thing, in that it lets those with well-formed consciences know when you’ve made a mistake. For this reason, we praise God for the gift of regret when we offend Him, because no other feeling makes sense if we love God.
However, regret can also be a tool used by Satan, in an attempt to keep us feeling far from God. When we feel overwhelming regret for sins we’ve long ago confessed, and when this feeling, rather than inclining us to run towards the loving embrace of our merciful God, instead pushes us away from Him because of shame—that’s not God.
This struck me a few weeks ago while listening to David Crowder’s “How He Loves.” There’s a line in the song that says,
“I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way that He loves us.”
God’s Love > Our Sin.
Yes, we need to confess our sins. Yes, we ought to feel regret for offending God. But no, we will actually never be “worthy” of what God bestows upon us freely: His love.
And when you meditate on that for any amount of time, you realize that God’s love really does trump our sins. And He’d rather us meditate on that than our sins any day of the week.