03 Feb Love Without Regret
The other day I was thinking about a loved one that went home to be with Jesus years ago, whose spouse was dying, knowing they would soon be reunited. Their relationship was often volatile here on earth. But they loved each other. Sometimes it was hard to understand.
When I thought about their reunion it occurred to me that if they loved each other here where there was often such difficulties, how great would be their love in heaven where there is no hatred, misunderstanding, selfishness or fear. I realized they will be able to spend eternity loving each other the way love is truly meant to be. Then it hit me. Heaven is love without regret.
When we die and are in heaven, the past is gone. Relationships that were riddled with hurts, mistakes, misunderstanding, tears and fears are now whole and healthy. All the guilt and regret they carried on earth in the midst of their relationship is wiped away. Can you imagine that freedom? No guilt. No condemnation. No hurt. No pain. Just love and understanding. Wow.
The funny thing is, God’s desire is for us to be able to obtain that while we’re here on earth. We don’t have to wait until heaven. Every provision has been given to us by God to have regret free relationships right now.
- He gave us His love. (“Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5 AMP)
- He forgave us and taught us to forgive. (“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 KJV)
- He freed us from condemnation (“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1 KJV)
- He released us from guilt (“…your sins are forgiven [you] and put away [that is, the penalty is remitted, the sense of guilt removed, and you are made upright and in right standing with God].” Mark 2:5 AMP)
Is there someone you have less than a “love without regret” relationship with? Release them and release yourself from the guilt and set your relationship free. It’s coming on the other side anyway. Why wait? Why not experience God’s best by believing God’s best is possible right here, right now. If your loved one has already passed to the other side, be happy about the wonderful eternal relationship of love without regret that awaits you. Enjoy the prospect of it now and live in the promise of what’s to come.
This reality has made my heart happy. Not only for my loved one that is about to be reunited with their spouse, but for my relationship with them also that was often riddled with missed opportunity and regret.
I’m purposing to experience love without regret in every earthly relationship remaining in my life as well as those who have passed away. How about you? Are you ready to let go of guilt and regret and experience a little bit of heaven on earth? Let’s do this!
Prayer: Father, the thought of being able to love without regret is like a breath of fresh air to my soul. I am imperfect and make mistakes. I have the capacity to be hurt and to hurt others. But all of it pales in comparison to the ability you’ve given me to love and forgive. So I ask you to forgive me for my failures in my relationship with______________. And I forgive them the same as you have forgiven me. Help us to be kind hearted, giving, practicing mercy, and full of grace toward each other that we may love without regret. Amen.