Regret is a tough emotion. Our minds can run wild with “what if?” or “I should have” or “If only” or even “Why did I?” We look back at the end result of something that has caused us undoubtable pain and wonder how we could have changed it.
Even when we accept that we cannot change our past, the thoughts of regret often still linger. We cannot fully move on from our pain until we forgive ourselves. Is that even possible? How can we possibly forgive ourselves when we know that we should have been better?
Becoming Christlike isn’t always about learning how to treat others, but it’s also about learning how to treat ourselves. Psalms 86:5: “For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; Abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on you.” God is always willing to forgive us and provide mercy, and in fact delights in such things. If no mistake is too big for God to forgive, no mistake is too big for you to forgive yourself.
Call to God for His forgiveness, and while accepting that mercy from Him, extend it to yourself as well.