18 Helpful Bible Verses About Regret

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One of the biggest ways that Satan tries to get at us all is with regret.  It is so easy to go back and relive memories that we aren’t proud of.  Satan will do anything possible to get at us mentally.  Regret can be a devastating monster if we don’t keep it in check.  The Bible has many verses to read and study on this issue.  Some verses are from people feeling regret; some are for battling against regret.

Here are 18 verses from the Bible that you may relate to and that can help you in this struggle.

Jesus’ death for us all on the cross covers all of the sins that lead us to regret.

Jesus’ death for us all on the cross covers all of the sins that lead us to regret.

Combating Regret

Philippians 3:13  “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

1 John 1:9  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 Peter 5:8  “Be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Psalm 34:4-5  “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”

Godly Regret

2 Corinthians 7:10  “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”

David’s Regret

Psalm 6:6-7  “I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.  My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.”

Psalm 51:8-9  “Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that You have broken rejoice.  Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.”

David’s response in Psalm 51 is appropriate.  This is how we should come to the throne of God in our regrets over sin.

Job’s Regret

Job 3:3, 11  “Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, ‘A man is conceived.’  Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire?”

Job’s regret brought him to utter ruin.

Peter’s Regret

Luke 22:61-62  “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter.  And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.’  And he went out and wept bitterly.”

Peter’s regret was deserved.  He denied Christ before his fellow man.

God’s Own Regret

Genesis 6:6  “And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him to His heart.”

I sometimes wonder if God still feels this way today.  Look at how chaotic our world is.  It is full of sin in every corner.  I am so thankful that God holds back His own wrath so that another person might come to Jesus.

Ultimate Regret/Judas Iscariot

Matthew 27:3-5 “Then when Judas, His (Jesus) betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood!’  They said, ‘What is that to us?  See to it yourself.’  And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.”

Please if you are feeling thoughts like Judas did, seek help immediately!  There is no sin that is too big for God to handle!  Suicide is never the right answer to your problems.

Persistence To The End/No Regrets

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

Consequences Of Regret

Proverbs 15:13  “A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.”

Regret From Adultery

Proverbs 5:11 “And at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed.”

Proverbs 6:32-34  “He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.  He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.  For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge.”

Proverbs 7:24-27  “And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.  Let not your heart turn aside to her (the adulteress) ways; do not stray into her paths, for many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng.  Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.”

Other Verses

Proverbs 10:5  “He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.”

Psalm 34:21  “Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned”

There will be regret for those who hate righteousness in the end.  They will see the shame of their actions.


Regret can be a pain.  Look at what David, Peter and Job experienced above.  They were in misery and anguish.  However, Jesus’ death for us all on the cross covers all of the sins that lead us to regret.  1 John 1:9 from above is the way for us to move past our sins, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  So, if you have regrets, give them to God in prayer.  Ask Him to walk with you as you move through these regrets and most importantly, if you have not repented, wait no longer!  God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!

Check out this related reading: Is It Biblical To Live With Regret

Resource – “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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KSR November 22, 2013 at 8:55 am

I really needed to read this today. It is like a salve to my wounded heart.


Derek Hill November 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

Hello KSR. Give all of your regrets to the Lord and He will heal your broken heart. Satan wants nothing more than to keep stabbing at you with all of the things you have done wrong, but with Christ you are a brand new creation! You are no longer the old KSR, but a brand new one! God bless you!


RDS April 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm

what do you mean by “Job’s regret brought him to utter ruin.”?


Derek Hill April 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Hi RDS. The verse I quoted is showing that he regretted even being born. He wished he would have died at birth. That was his utter ruin. I hope this helps you. Go bless!


Wendy June 14, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Hi! David… I love what you said at the beginning of this article: “One of the biggest ways that Satan tries to get at us all is with regret. It is so easy to go back and relive memories that we aren’t proud of. Satan will do anything possible to get at us mentally. Regret can be a devastating monster if we don’t keep it in check.” I am considering using it as an epigraph in my upcoming novel called “Conceptions” I would of course give you credit. Wanted to make sure that is okay with you! Let me know… you can message me through my website if you’d like to http://www.wendyoleston.com


Rebecca December 8, 2016 at 12:34 am

Regret was killing me in the inside, I left my hubby’s church to join a prophetic church, but now am realising the mistake, I just apologised to my husband today, and am thinking of restitution, going to my old church and make ammends, i left the church in a rude way, never said good bye properly to the elders and the leaders. The devil was bombarding me that there is no way out, this is unpardonable, but from reading your article am starting over again, its how you finish that matters


Naomi December 21, 2016 at 4:05 am

Yes definitely its not too late. I had a similar situation and didn’t return though knowing it wasn’t right.


Eric September 25, 2017 at 1:34 am

Thanks for this. The adversary sure makes me dwell on things I cannot change. I have a lot of regret and anger. God said he would never leave or forsake me. I have Gods word and that should be enough. Whatever days Yahweh has for me I want to make them count. I don’t want to die on a bad note.
Thanks Eric Smith Kentucky


Lucia October 31, 2017 at 11:37 am

I don’t know if this site is still even up or if anyone reads or answers. I am filled with regrets over the death of my daughter. Our last communications with each other, text and in person, were me being not very nice to her. She always needed more and more reassuring but would never do anything to help herself. Anyway, she died a few days after the not very nice communications, died in her sleep, and it turned out she had been ill and was just not taking her meds. She said I had stopped talking about things except to yell at her, and that was partially true. Regardless, it’s how she felt. I have prayed to get over this feeling of guilt, and yet part of me tells me I don’t deserve to, because maybe I am partially responsible for her death. I hope someone can say something to me that makes sense. Thank you for listening.


Jack Wellman October 31, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Hello Lucia. I am so very sorry for this heartbreaking situation you are in. God is the God of mercy and grace since all who trust in Jesus have all their sins cleansed (1 John 1:9) so now you must learn to forgive yourself. I don’t see you as the person responsible for her death but this was a medical condition. There is no evidence you caused her death but she didn’t take her medicines so please don’t blame yourself. Please read this and I will pray for you: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-forgive-yourself-a-christian-commentary/


Frank February 6, 2019 at 8:52 am

Lucia, I hope this is not to late. We all make mistakes we cant change. The lying devil loves to use regret to destroy us. Recently I heard a sermon by a preacher who had lost his adult son, naturally the pain of grief and regret was a constant bother. This preacher told how the lord showed him how to use his pain to help others, instead of just wallowing in it, Today he is a member and speaker for a group of parents who have lost children. Knowing what its like, qualifies you to help others. We cant see Gods big picture, but we still must play the role we’re assigned. May God bless you Lucia.


Rev. Cindy Stewart January 24, 2021 at 1:58 pm

Grief is a powerful emotion that thrives on guilt. Please understand the importance of your healing.
God and your daughter’s loving spirit is present and yearns to help you through this. In counseling, I encourage people to speak from the heart to those who have passed away. Rest assured, that the spirit having parted from the body holds no malice but only love and peace. This is what your daughter wants for you. Say your apologies and accept the forgiveness that is lovingly given to you. Then move forward with your life having more patience and empathy for others. This will give you the peace you are seeking and God so lovingly wants you to have.


Jack Wellman January 24, 2021 at 3:06 pm

Hello Mrs. Stewart. I am glad you want to comfort Lucia, but you have no biblical basis for trying to communicate with someone who’s passed away. In fact, Scripture tells us to not do such a thing, and the only time it happened was to seal King Saul’s fate…his death that very day, so I think praying or speaking to a “daughter’s spirit” is not only wrong, they cannot communicate from one place to another. I knew you meant well, but we must believe what the Bible teaches and not what you think or feel. Please read the biblical evidence that is contrary to the counsel you give: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-say-about-communicating-with-the-dead/


Candace February 26, 2018 at 6:32 am

I am having a a lot of regret regarding a situation with my mother. I’m consumed with regret on a daily basis. I don’t feel worthy of anything. I feel like I’m a horrible person. Please help me find a way to forgive myself.


Jack Wellman February 26, 2018 at 8:37 am

Hello my friend. This may be just what you need Candace. Please read this about how to forgive yourself, and my prayers are with you. https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-forgive-yourself-a-christian-commentary/


Brianna September 4, 2018 at 1:45 am

Candace, what I would say to you and Lucia was that at least you are truly sorry and feel guilt. There are so many truly wicked, psychopathic people in this world who go around deliberately hurting people and don’t feel any remorse whatsoever. And then there are decent people who hurt others out of momentary anger or misunderstanding the situation or by mistake and they beat themselves up about it and can’t stop. If you feel remorse you must be a good person and deserve to forgive yourself. There are so many people who did really cruel, despicable things to me when I was down and out, and they have no guilt whatsoever. When I would run into them occasionally after all the damage they did, they would give me a big, triumphant grin, like, “Ha! Ha! We got away with what we did, and there’s not a thing you can do about it.” Of course, some day they are going to answer for it. The point is, I think the very fact that you feel so much guilt and regret means that you are a person who is truly sorry and not a bad person and you should forgive yourself. And Lucia too.


William Stivene February 28, 2018 at 9:27 am

Regrets comes after people do wrong things in their lives which makes them to turn away from God others risks their lives after knows the truth so let create time to pray for people who regrets so that they could return to Jesus and conference their sins as David, Peter Judah and others did in the Bible. Thanks


tiffany colby October 31, 2018 at 3:36 pm

all the time the enemy is making me regret about giving my daughter up for adoption


Lisa July 11, 2019 at 9:16 am

How does this apply to having regret for hurting those you love.


La July 31, 2019 at 7:48 pm

i feel regret
. i left the ministry with anger . i used to play keyboard during worship. i missed it so badly. once i left they never allow me again. please pray for me. that God will help me.and show me ehat to do


Jack Wellman July 31, 2019 at 7:57 pm

Hello my friend. I will pray for this right now. Maybe you can go back to that church and just attend and see if God moves them to include you again in worship music. Maybe apologize to them. Humility goes a long way in restoration of relationships.


Olutayo January 24, 2020 at 2:23 pm

This piece will ever remain relevant. I regret I delayed in realising that everyone regrets. It’s part of us all, but how we handle it is critical. Apart from a waste of time regretting usually leads to nagging and ultimately to depression.
Our nature allows for both trivial and big regrets but God is above all that. Every regret should be an opportunity to learn and to grow. That’s the only way to quickly get over it.
This evergreen post has really blessed me. Thanks so much.


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