Jesus said, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand -- repent and believe the Good News!” (Mark 1:15)
did not say, “The Kingdom of God is at hand -- regret and believe the Good
News!” The difference between regret and repentance is the difference of an
opened door to a new future.
doors, like His mercies, are new every morning.
Buechner writes, “The sad things that happened long ago will always remain part
of who we are just as the glad and gracious things will too, but instead of
being a burden of guilt, recrimination and regret that makes us constantly
stumble as we go, even the saddest things can become, once we have made peace
with them, a source of wisdom and strength for the journey that still lies
-- John Ortberg in “All the
Places to Go… How Will You Know?”