Regretting Mistakes?
'Do not entertain the thought that because you have made mistakes, because your life has been darkened by errors, your Heavenly Father does not love you and will not hear you when you pray. He says, "Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out."
'The fact that he has erred, does not make him less dear to the heart of God.' (RH 12-05-96)
"The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." His heart of love is touched by our sorrows, and even by our utterance of them. Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear; for He holds up worlds, He rules over the affairs of the universe.
'Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. None have fallen so low, none are so vile, that they cannot find deliverance in Jesus. The demoniacs of Gadara, in the place of prayer could utter only the words of Satan; but yet the heart's unspoken appeal was heard. No cry from a soul in need is unheeded.' (ST06-18-02)
'You have made some mistakes, but because of some failures you should in nowise misjudge your capabilities nor distrust the strength that you may find in God. If it is apparent that you have made mistakes, it is your privilege to turn these failures into victories by avoiding the same in the future.' (3T495)
'For those who have sinned and have made mistakes, there is a Jesus who is willing to pardon and forgive. Let us lift him up as the Redeemer of mankind.' (RH12-30-09)
'If one who daily communes with God errs from the path, if he turns a moment from looking steadfastly unto Jesus, it is not because he sins willfully; for when he sees his mistake, he turns again, and fastens his eyes upon Jesus, and the fact that he has erred, does not make him less dear to the heart of God.' (RH12-05-96)
'You are not to entertain the thought that because you have made mistakes and your life has been darkened with errors, your heavenly Father does not love you and therefore has forsaken you. No! I tell you NO! Jesus loves you still. His eye is upon you, and He "will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it." ' 1 Cor. 10:13. (12MR34)
'The one who is easily tempted, and is most inclined to err, is the special object of His solicitude.' (Ed294)
'The fact that he has erred, does not make him less dear to the heart of God.' (RH12-05-96)
'If you have made mistakes, you certainly gain a victory if you see these mistakes and regard them as beacons of warning. Thus you turn defeat into victory, disappointing the enemy and honoring your Redeemer.' (COL332)
'Whatever the mistakes or failures of the past, we may, with the help of God, rise above them. With the apostle we may say: "This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." ' Philippians 3:13, 14. (MH516)
But . . . if you have made a mistake, it is vitally important that you deal with others and their mistakes in just the manner in which you would like God to deal with you.
'Because [others] have made mistakes, shall we leave them alone to bear the consequences of their miscalculations? Is this the way in which Jesus has dealt with us?' (6T463)
'Have we ourselves never made mistakes? Have we never been in the pit of despondency?' (PUR03-13-02)
'Because men have made mistakes, they are not to be uprooted. The blessing of God heals; it does not destroy.' (GCB04-02-03)
'If one does a piece of work that is not wholly perfect, shall his friends and acquaintences pull it to pieces, speaking of it scathingly and contemptuously? The one who has made mistakes may be doing his very best. Did Jesus treat the imperfect work of His disciples thus? If He should treat erring human beings as they too often treat one another, what would become of them?' (PUR 02-09-05)
'We should study the way in which Jesus worked. He did not refuse to work for those who made mistakes; His works of mercy were done for every class, the righteous and the unrighteous. For all alike He healed disease and gave lessons of instruction if they humbly asked Him.' (WM85)
'Let not men, when dealing with those who have made mistakes, work on the supposition that under similar circumstances they would have done much better.' (SpM275)
'God's word is, "Honor all men. Love the brotherhood." Show all men respect, even though they do not reach the standard you have set for them. They may have made mistakes, but is your life faultless? Have you censured your own errors as severely as you have censured the errors of others?' (RH03-17-03)
'If there is one who has made mistakes, our hearts should go out to him. We should let him see that we have for him that love which was revealed in the life of Christ. We may think that a brother has done something very wrong. Perhaps he has. But do you think that you will make him see his wrong by shunning his society, by leaving him to himself, where the enemy can work upon his mind and his conscience? We should try to come just as close to him as we can. With all the soul-winning power that God has given us, we must draw him to Christ, remembering that we ourselves have made mistakes. We have all gone out of the way. We have all had our times of trouble, of blindness, of affliction.' (2SAT263)
'Every heart renewed by the Spirit of God would not only love God but love his brother, and if that brother made mistakes, if he erred, he must be dealt with after the gospel plan. Every step must be followed according to the directions given in the Word of God. "'Ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.' Gal. 6:1 (TDG157)
In order to have the wax take a clear, strong impression of the seal, you do not dash the seal upon it in a hasty, violent way; you carefully place the seal on the plastic wax and quietly, steadily press it down until it has hardened in the mold. In like manner deal with human souls. The continuity of Christian influence is the secret of its power, and this depends on the steadfastness of your manifestation of the character of Jesus. Help those who have erred, by telling them of your experiences. Show how, when you made grave mistakes, patience, kindness, and helpfulness on the part of your fellow workers gave you courage and hope.
'Until the judgment you will never know the influence of a kind, considerate course toward the inconsistent, the unreasonable, the unworthy. When we meet with ingratitude and betrayal of sacred trusts, we are roused to show our contempt or indignation. This the guilty expect; they are prepared for it. But kind forbearance takes them by surprise and often awakens their better impulses and arouses a longing for a nobler life.' (MH494-5)