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The Fruit Of Repentance
7/1/2014

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance… Matthew 3:7-8 (NKJV)

Prior to Jesus beginning His ministry, there was a man called to prepare the way for His arrival—he was John the Baptist.  John’s message was simple, he said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”  Jesus started His ministry with the same message of repentance, adding the need to believe in the Gospel message (Mk. 1:15).  And in Luke we can see the consequence for those who choose not to repent. 

I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3 (NKJV)

I often hear people giving the message of Salvation through Jesus, but repentance is seldom spoken of.  It’s as if people are being led to believe they only need to believe in the existence of Jesus, and not change their sinful way of thinking and living. 

Now, let me be very clear here—while it is true that we are saved by Grace, through faith, and not of any works on our own behalf, we are still clearly told throughout the Scriptures to, “Repent!”

Q:         So what does it mean to Repent?

The word Repent used in the New Testament is derived from the Greek word, metanoeo, met-an-o-eh´-o, which means to think differently or reconsider. 

Our dictionaries teach us that repentance carries the idea of feeling sorry, self-reproachful, or contrite for past conduct.  It is to regret or be conscience stricken about our wrong past actions—so much so one changes the direction they are living and submits to a proper and righteous way instead. 

John’s message of repentance was given so the people could identify with their current sinful lifestyle and their need for the Savior.  He was telling them get prepared, because the Christ was coming.   The preparation John was speaking of was for them to simply acknowledge their sin and to have a heart to turn from it. John spoke sternly of repentance to the religious leaders who had an outward form of Godliness, but they were clearly denying its power.  He told them, “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.” 

Q:         What is the fruit of repentance?

The fruit of repentance is the evidence of Jesus within our life.  It includes every action where the believer chooses to follow God’s will for any particular situation, rather than following their feelings.  For example, if someone were gossiping and they truly repented of it, they would confess it for what it was, submit themselves to God’s will for speaking properly, and choose to no longer participate in any conversations where gossip was happening.   Instead they would remove themselves from these conversations, or say something edifying or encouraging to those present.  This would be a fruit of repentance. 

We need to understand our repentance will draw attention.  This drastic change in behavior will cause others to notice, and even draw them nearer to God.  People want to know what causes such changes and this provides a great platform for sharing the transforming power of Jesus with them. 

I want to encourage you today to repent of anything you know to be wrong.  Ask God to allow you to see your sin for what it really is, and to change your heart so you no longer desire it.  Let God use your testimony to help others come to know Him and this transforming power. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Luke 13:3 what did Jesus say the penalty for choosing not to repent is?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to repent of any sin you may be harboring in your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make the choice to turn from anything you know to be against God’s will for your life. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your strength to do what is right.  Thank You for Your wisdom and discernment to make correct choices.  Father, I pray for You to guide me in the proper direction for every aspect of my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 


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