Bear Fruits In Keeping With Repentance

Posted by Pastor Les on

“Fruit” is a familiar term to us. We speak of the fruit of the Spirit and knowing people by their fruit. John the Baptizer liked the term, but apparently, he wasn’t seeing much of it. A crowd had gathered as he was baptizing. His “seeker-sensitive” sermon began, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Taken back, they asked him, “What, then, shall we do?” John explained what he meant by bearing fruit in keeping with repentance. Repentant people are changed people. They have big hearts. They don’t strong arm others to get what they want. They don’t cheat. They are satisfied with God’s provision. When we repent of our sin, we receive the kindness and mercy and grace of God, and in receiving these blessings, they take root and produce a similar response toward others. What we receive from God produces fruit in us. Fruitfulness is the result of God at work in us. If there is no fruit, then there is something wrong on our end. “Repent”, says John, and when you do, you will “bear fruits in keeping with repentance.”

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