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Her husband apologized when she found out he'd had an affair.
But over the next few days, as she struggled to forgive him, he became annoyed. "You need to forgive me and move on," he told her.
It's no surprise that several years later, he had another affair.
James 4:8-10 says: "Wash your hands, you sinners...Grieve, mourn and wail...Humble yourselves."
Saying "sorry" is easy, but genuine repentance involves sorrow, the realization that we don't deserve forgiveness, and a deliberate effort to turn from the sin. If we're truly repentant, we'll have a patient attitude toward the one we've hurt and be grateful when they forgive us.
Insincere repentance is the cause of many relational problems.
Take some time today to ask God if you have been insincere in this area...He'll gladly help you correct the problem!
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
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