Tuesday

Forgive Me Or Else!

genuine forgiveness, repentance, love affair forgiveness, marital unfaithfulness
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Her husband apologized when she discovered his 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. He'd never really repented of his first.

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
On Tuesdays, I share a devotion from the 2011 archive. This was originally published under the title "He Apologized for His Affair." If you'd like a double shot of espresso today, also check out I'm Awesome, You're Awesome.

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5 comments:

  1. Gail, I have put your link in my side-bar because I find your devotionals so wonderful. Hope you have a great week and safe/fun 4th of July!

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  2. Good morning Gail, I wanted to tell you that this touched me this morning. Not so much in regards to being truly sorry to others, but being truly sorry to God. The way you worded it helped me to understand repentance better! Thanks, Gail :) I hope your day is wonderful

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    1. That's a good application of this principle, Emily. Thanks for sharing your insights.
      Gail : )

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