Most people have a time when they mess up, and then they have a time of regret, this emotion often hanging on for years and more years. We will look at the Biblical advice on dealing with this in a healthy way in a minute, but here’s an interesting take on the subject that gets down where the rubber meets the road.
“Don't dwell on what happened, no matter how bad it was. Find something else to do. Find something to do to help others.” Ruth Handler, inventor of the Barbie doll.
David, the man after God’s heart demonstrated that he was human, had the joy of sin for a season, suffered agony over the consequences, they are always there at some point. He then washed his face, dried a tear, and went on with God’s business. He did write two Psalms describing the inner haunting for years. But, he went on even though he was spiritually and emotionally in tremendous pain over his “Great Sin.”
Ruth Handler’s word on getting over yesterday or last year is good advice, especially the phrase, “Find something to do to help others.”
The Apostle Paul, a noted religious leader of his youth, while a frenzy of hatred to stamp out the New Christians Cult of his day held the clokes of the mob that stoned Steven to death. After Paul met Jesus while on his way to Damascus, to participate in the stoning of more Christians, Paul becomes a new man in every sense of the word. He must have rethought and thus inwardly relived that event.
Many of us know first hand the humbling effect that being involved with gross, and later accepting God’s forgiveness in Christ has a humbling effect. We know what we did, but are held in indescribable awe at God’s mercy!
Paul followed the path laid out by Ruth Handler; he helped others throughout the rest of his life to accept the peace of God. He wrote a verse that is used by millions to help get over yesterday. Note Philippians 3:13-14.
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. “
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