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After these things, when the wrath of King Ahasuerus subsided, be remembered Vashti, what
she had done, and what had been decreed against her.
A man never opened the car door for his wife nor did any of the other little niceties that
wives appreciate. He felt such a show of chivalry was silly. “Besides,” he said, “she doesn’t
have two broken arms.”
This went on for many years until finally his wife died. At the funeral, the family waited at
the hearse for the pallbearers.
When they came, the mortician called the husband by name and asked, “Open the door for
her, will you?” The man reached for the door handle and suddenly froze.
Regret came crashing in on him. He realized he had never opened the car door for her in
her life; now in her death it would be the first, last and only time.

How painful such regrets can be. King Ahasuerus experienced them when he came to his
senses and realized how foolish he had been in banishing Queen Vashti.
Hisregrets were in vain, however, because the law of the Medes and the Persians could not
be changed. For the rest of his life he would live with the remorse of having wronged his
Rare is the individual who makes it through life without having said or done something
he regrets. If it’s within our power, we should right such wrongs.
An apology, a change in behavior, even an offer of restitution may take the sting out of our
regrets. But sometimes it won’t hap- pen;sometimes it’s just too late.
As Christians, we must live so as to minimize regrets. And when we experience them, we
should be quick to ask for God’s forgiveness and for forgiveness from those we wrong.
Let’s live by the Galatians 6:10 principle: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do
good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”


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