If you love me, you will obey my commands.
“IF I had taken her to the doctor sooner . . .”
“IF I had been a better parent . . .”
“IF I had controlled my temper and tongue . . .”
There’s an IF in your résumé isn’t there? Don’t let it become a permanent excuse for failure. That slipup is water under the bridge. You can’t undo it; don’t let it undo you.
Here’s the best use of IF—“IF by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live” (Rom 8:13). “IF we died with him, we will also live with him. IF we endure, we will also reign with him” (2 Tm 2:12). “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed IF you do them (Jn 13:17).
Instead of saying, “IF only I hadn’t,”
say, “Next time I won’t.”