Forgive Me Or Else! He Didn't Genuinely Apologize for His Affair

This 1-minute devotion shares a true story that illustrates the true meaning of repentance.

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.

When we're sorry for our sins, we're genuinely ashamed of what we've done and how we've hurt God and others. We don't demand forgiveness because we know we don't "deserve" it.

James 4:8-10 describes it this way: "Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up."

Saying "sorry" is easy, but genuine repentance involves sorrow and a deliberate effort to turn from the sin.  

If we're truly repentant, we'll have a patient attitude toward the people we've hurt, and we'll understand their difficulty in forgiving us.

So take some time today to ask God if you've handled your past sins biblically, humbly, and gratefully. You'll find great refreshment in sincere repentance.

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This 1-minute devotion shares a true story that illustrates the true meaning of repentance.

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  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!

  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

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

  3. Love your blogs and thank God that He has given you a gift to help so many people.