The Present Moment Leaves No Room for Regret

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 6

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

–2 Corinthians 7:10 (ESV)

The very things that people consider worthless, the things they let go to waste—what great holiness they could buy with the things they throw away instead!

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

To realize what is available by faith at each moment of life is to realize that you have not taken advantage of this until now. You have wasted most of your moments. You have not appreciated them as gifts from God and invitations to fellowship with him. It is as if you have been throwing money away, and now you are not nearly as far along the path of holiness as you could be.

This is something greatly to be regretted, yet regret is not possible. For even as you realize the value of those past moments, you are confronted with the present moment, and given the chance not to waste it. This leaves no room for regret. To live with God in the present moment, you must let go of regret. You cannot hold onto a past that you cannot change. If you do so, you will miss out on the holiness of the here and now.

The alternative to regret is repentance, and the best way to repent from something is to not do it again. Furthermore, if you appreciate the present moment, you understand that everything that has happened in the past has led to this moment. In other words, God has led you to this moment, to fellowship with you now. If you take advantage of the present moment, you take advantage of all that has led to it.

Redeem the past. Spend that money now. Use the moment, and your present circumstances, as “money” that you can exchange for holiness. Once you experience how easy it is, and how ready God is to make the trade, you will stop throwing your “money” away.


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