Loving Relationships Require Repentance

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"Love means never having to say you're sorry." 
line from 1970 film "Love Story"

The night before my husband left for Army boot camp (1972), we watched "Love Story." It's foolish to watch a sad movie before saying good-bye, but not as foolish as that movie line.

Love means carefully, faithfully, genuinely repenting to God and to others.

Self-deception means never having to say you're sorry. 

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves ..." * 

God forgives our sins "legally" when we become believers, but healthy relationships with God and others depend on regularly acknowledging our sins. 

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us."      1 John 1:8-10*

Do you have difficulty apologizing? I encourage you to make it a matter of prayer. 

Bite Size Bible Study features a short study on this devotion. Why not check it out HERE.

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  1. Hi Gail, one of my favourite sayings is a great marriage is made up of 2 forgivers. That also requires two apologisers. Great reminder to remain humble in relationship
    God bless

  2. I love your picture!! Your hair is beautiful!!

    This post has me really thinking. I'm glad you shared these thoughts and the verse. Can't explain why I needed to see this post tonight. Thank you so much!!


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