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Phony Repentance

Luke 3:8a: Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, . . .

It is sometimes very difficult to recognize phony repentance in others and sometimes even in ourselves. I know some individuals who never fail to say excuse me when they sneeze but if you are not watching, they will pick your pocket. Phony apologies bear a remarkable resemblance to phony repentance. I do not recall where I got these descriptions of phony apologies. I found a few online and some popped back into my head from elsewhere. It seems to me that there were more and I probably don*t have the exact words that I heard. They may help us to recognize phoniness in others and in ourselves and root it out of ourselves.

An apology followed by excuses is not an apology.
An apology followed by I am innocent is not an apology.
An apology followed by I made a mistake is not an apology.
An apology followed by you made me do it is not an apology.
An apology followed by if I have done something is not an apology.
An apology followed by repeating the offense is not an apology.
An apology when we haven*t gotten any sorrier is not an apology.
An apology after we have gotten caught may not be an apology.
A forced apology is not an apology.
A blanket apology is usually not an apology.

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