Matthew 27:3 (NIV)
When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse.
The person consumed by the words, “What if…” and “If only…” faces an empty future. When we are caught up in all of life’s “ifs” we find ourselves lost in a crazy, unending maze of heartache, going nowhere. A better response to remorse is: “What now?” Judas ultimately hanged himself. What a contrast to Peter, who also failed the Lord by denying Him. But Peter did not act hastily on his remorse. His later conversation with the Lord brought forgiveness and reaffirmation (John 21). How do you respond when faced with the reality of a bad decision that caused great pain? Don’t become consumed with futile questions and withdraw into isolation. Ask, “What should I do now?” God will help you. Talk to a good faith-based counselor. You can get back on track with your life.