Have you ever uttered words that you wish you could take back?
I often find myself saying hurtful things to the people I love the most. Maybe it’s been a long day at the office. Perhaps I’ve had a bad night of sleep. Maybe I’m just frustrated with the kids. Whatever the reason- I can be pretty insensitive.
Oh…it’s not yelling. It’s much more subtle. It can be a snippy, sarcastic remark. I excel at those, I’m afraid.
And later- I always regret those occasions.
I studied about regret this week.
Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, when to the chief priests and said “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. Matthew 26:14-16
Judas was one of the original disciples. He had traveled with Jesus. He had witnessed the miracles and heard the teachings. He loved Jesus.
But greed overcame him. Judas delivered Jesus to the men that would eventually kill him. All over thirty pieces of silver.
Judas soon experienced remorse over his decision.
And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. Matthew 27:5
It was too late. He let greed, jealously or any number of emotions overcome him…and delivered Jesus over to an angry crowd.
I can’t imagine how he felt. I know I never want to experience regret like that.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
My personal prayer this week is to be more tenderhearted- and live with less regret. Jesus wants it that way.
And let me know how I may pray for you.