There's no use crying over spilled milk!
But this verse makes me do just that.
But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior
Poured = from the Greek word "ekcheo", which means "to spill, to gush out"
Richly = from the Greek word "plousios", which means abundantly
What did He pour out on us?
Not just a splash.
He gushed it out. Abundantly.
Yes, it's spilled milk. It's something in the past that can't be undone. But this time, it's not a mess to clean up, it's not a regret to mourn.
It is something to celebrate! Heaven gushed forth the Spirit to walk through this life with us and I am so thankful it can't be undone. I certainly couldn't do this life alone.
All because He is kind, has love and mercy for us, and wants to wash us under the gushing flow of His Spirit. Stand under that waterfall, my friend, and let Him renew you.
Yes, I'm crying over spilled milk, but it's a good thing ;-)
P.S. I'm going to try to remember this the next time there is a spill a dinner! It'll be a great illustration to lessen the tension - and I bet they'll remember it and have reason to cry over spilled milk too!