Not My Will

Matthew 26:39

Jesus was at the point before He went into the most severe test that He could face. He would bear the sins of all humanity on himself.

How could He and how would He bear it?

Many of us find ourselves facing unbearable experiences. How will we ever be able to face them?

We must pray the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane- “not my will, but thy will”.

If it were up to us, many crosses and trials that we are called to bear would be avoided. But, like Jesus knew, He must take that path for the good of humanity.

Many times we have to take certain paths, for our best good, even though we don’t see or know how it would be for our good.

How is suffering for our good?

How can pain be for our good?

How can death be for our good?

Only in eternity we will see. Then like Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:15-17, we will realize that these are light afflictions and they will work out our eternal good.

2 Corinthians 4:15-17

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When we miss an opportunity to do something we often have regrets. It is even worse when it involves missing an opportunity to makes amends for a wrong done, to spend time with a loved one, to pursue a relationship with someone.

Regret is a thief.

It steals our joy, hope and sometimes will to live the life we were called to.

Regret come from the father of lies.

Let’s face it, none of us have lived perfect lives or made perfect choices all of the time. We have all done things we wish we would have done differently, especially when it seems like opportunities to “right those wrongs” will never come.

But, I tell you, regret is not something that we should be entertaining. If we do, we will find that we will live lives that hold no joy or peace.

It is true that we need to acknowledge where we went wrong, but we can’t let our past failures and shortcomings determine how we live presently or how we will live.

When regret comes to us, let us respond to it with faith, know that God knew all of our choices before we were even born, and He had a plan for them all.

If we failed to do something, say something, what ever it may have been,we is remember that God always knew our choices and in Him, through Him, all things will work out for good.

If we failed at parenting, we don’t have to let regret consume us. Take it to Jesus.

If we failed to be the spouse we should have and now it is too late because that spouse might have died, that that regret to Jesus.

What ever it is that we regret, let us take it to Jesus and in faith let us believe that ALL things will work together for good for us who love the Lord.

We can’t always see how God can give beauty for the ashes that remain from the destruction that we have caused.

But, He will!

God will cause all things will work out for good.

We need to believe.

And in believing God, let us give up all our regrets and accept God’s forgiveness and power to give us beauty for our ashes.

May God free us from the pain of regret so that we may live in His love and have peace and joy today.

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