Should we have regrets?

It is the cry of defiance from the adulterer, the two fingered salute of a train robber. Edith Piaf's anthem to living without looking back adopted by everyone from Gordon Brown to holiday makers landing at Manchester airport carrying their baggage, a hang over and the possibility of an STD. "No regrets" is a statement of pride, confirming a pledge to not deny what has been done, regardless of the outcome. 

But having no regrets is more than a rally cry to living for the moment. It closes the door on guilt, refuses to acknowledge shame. Saying that there are no regrets seeks to legitimise what might have been questionable and negates the need to say sorry instead. 

So you might have thought that regret is an important part of the Christians' life, but no. It has no place their either. Not because Christians are insouciant of their behaviour and the consequences but the very opposite. We lay our pride down and sorely wish that we had said something else, acted better or thought differently. And we are forgiven. Affairs that decimate families, stupid decisions that bring pain to others, denying the Lord who has given us life and breath; everything can be atoned for by Christ's blood. So yes, 'je ne regrette rien', not because I want to defy criticism and stand by my every mistake but because I can stand by Jesus instead and know the freedom of forgiveness. 


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