1) What do I regret in my life?
All my sins!
“For mine iniquity I declare, I am sorry for my sin.” (Psalm 38:18)
“For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)
God is Greater than our hearts:
“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” (1 John 3:20)
2) What are we not supposed to regret?
(i) Doing the right things for the wrong people who use us, especially our enemies because it’s a great opportunity to fulfill Christ’s Blessed Command:
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matthew 5:44)
(ii) Being kind to the ungrateful & evil ones who wish us harm or have bad intentions toward us because by doing so, we will reap a great reward in His Kingdom
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and evil.” (Luke 6:35)
(iii) The reward is greater when we love those who don’t love us back as compared to only loving those who love us
“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” (Matthew 5:46)
(iv) Each time we allow evil people to win over us where we respond with love, the paradox is that we win from God’s Perfect perspective being molded to be more like Him
“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.” (Matthew 5:39 – 40)
Why should we do such?
To attain “Perfection” (‘in love’) because that’s ‘how Perfect God is’, Blessed be His Holy Name!
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
“And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” (Colossians 3:14)