Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

No Regrets

Title:  No Regrets

Reading for December 16:  2 Timothy 1-4

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7  

No regrets.

To many of us, finishing our life with a bold statement like this seems like a lost dream. We've wasted so many opportunities and failed so many times.  

Yet, we must remember that the one who penned these words also called himself a "blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent" (1 Timothy 1:13). Paul said he was the "foremost" of all sinners because of what he had done in his life (1 Timothy 1:15).

The apostle Paul threw believers in Christ into prison and did many other things to cause Christians to suffer. His hands were filled with blood. He actively supported the stoning of Stephen and other Christians were put to death, at least in part, by Paul's vote against them (Acts 7:58; 26:10).  

Yet, this man could die at peace. How is that?

The reason is twofold:

  • First, he trusted in grace: "the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 1:14).
  • Second, when he received his second chance, he poured himself into God's purposes for his life.

If you are living with regrets, quit living this way and accept God's mercy right now! Don't get mired in self-doubt and self-pity. I know you don't feel worthy of this gift. You're right  You're not worthy. That's what makes grace, grace. Be humble enough to accept this gift from God.

Then once you've accepted God's free gift lay down your life as a gift in return, knowing you can now finish your race with joy and with no regrets (Romans 12:1-2).

Father God, help us to accept your mercy and use our second chance as motivation to live sacrificial lives for your sake.