‘When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” Matthew 27:3-4 (NIV).
Sometimes regret comes too late. Judas, on discovering that Jesus had been sentenced to death, was filled with remorse. He carried the guilt of realizing that he had betrayed an innocent man. He flung the silver coins at the feet of the priests, but they felt no shame. They had their man; regret was Judas’ problem, not theirs. Overcome with grief and guilt, Judas went out and hung himself.
Many of the plans we set into motion cannot be reversed. In anguish, we must carry the responsibility of what we have done and the self-reproach that can weigh so very heavily upon us. It is best to think of the potential consequences before we launch into action that we may later regret.
Proverbs 23:23 offers good advice to those who are tempted to act before they think. ‘Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.’ If we are led by the truth and employ wisdom, self-discipline and a deep understanding of what we are doing and the results of that choice, we cannot go wrong. Only people without good sense and wise judgment will rush in to tackle a situation that even the wisest would avoid.
‘Heavenly Father, help me to make wise choices; to not rush in and then have cause for regret later on. Lord, you never made hasty decisions, give me the same wisdom, self-discipline, and understanding. Thank you.’
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,