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Fruit of True Repentance

{Verse of the Day} Week 3 ~ Wednesday!

 

Here’s a recent scenario in our house.

Mooooooooom, he’s not being niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.”

“Son, tell your sister you are sorry.”

“Sorry” {stated flippantly}

Five minutes pass and again the same scenario repeats…why?  Because the apology was not sincere. 

2 Corinthians 7:10 says

 ”Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but wordly sorrow brings death.”

We see it on news programs.  Famous men and women – actors, singers, politicians,  - are interviewed once they’ve been caught in some form of immorality.  To help their image, they admit their mistakes, say that they are seeing a counselor for help (or have admitted themselves to rehab) and give a formal public apology.  The world applauds.

But this wordly sorrow that comes from getting caught and a desire to clear their reputation leads to death.  Godly sorrow brings repentance and leads to salvation and life.

In today’s reading, John gives the crowds applicable ways they can display their fruit of repentance in daily life.

 Luke 3:10-14

10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked.

11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”

12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”

13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.

14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”

He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”

 At first glance, it’s hard to see how giving a shirt or food would be fruit of repentance.  But in our human natures – we are all selfish.  When we follow God’s two greatest commands (love God and love your neighbor) we see that giving to our neighbor is evidence that we are a child of God.

The tax collector asks what he should do and John tells him to not be greedy – which is something all unregenerate tax collectors were.  Then the soldier asks and John tells him to have integrity and be content.  Again – this was evidence that they were followers of God.  When the tax collector and soldiers start living out what John has told them to do – others will notice these men have been changed by their encounter with Jesus.

Rarely do we talk of repentance in our modern culture.  It’s not something that we blurt out to friends and family but they should see by the way we live we have repented of our sin. Others should note that our lives have been changed by our encounter with Jesus.

The gospel of Luke comes to a conclusion in chapter 24.  Jesus says in this final chapter,

46  “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

This is the gospel. 

**Chime In: How can others see fruit of repentance in your life?  Please share your testimony of repentance in the comment section – we’d love to hear and be encouraged.

Walk with the King,

 , WomenLivingWell.org

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  1. Thank you all for wonderful posts and encouragement! I’m enjoying to do the Bible study and seeing how my life changes.
    But answering today’s question – I’m learning to give more. For example, how can I ask a friend to be there for me, if I’m not the one setting example of being there for my friend? So, I’m giving my time. As Courtney already wrote to us – we are selfish! But would it hurt us, if we would stop for a while and give to others? They say: Sharing is caring! I’m far for perfect but I’m taking baby steps every day! Step by step. Right now it’s my time I can give, a smile or a kind word, but I’m sure that as I walk with God, He will show me more ways how can I give more!

  2. I love this and I too believe God is pushing me more to give my time to others. Babysitting for a friend or helping my 8 month pregnant friend get her nesting done. I have 4 kids and that wears me thin, so the thought of taking on more work, is a hard pill to swallow, but that is exactly what I’m called to. I have the same scenario with my kids daily and was hoping there’d be advice on how to get our small ones to show each other that true repentance. :) anyone have any ideas?

  3. Praise God! He has been working on me let me tell you! I struggle everyday with selfishness. He is showing me just how much I really have and could give. This world we live in is full of the do for yourself mentality and it’s so easy to fall for it. But as christians we are called to be more for others and much less for ourselves. I have been trusting God as to how I can be a blessing to someone else. Sometimes it’s as simple as a phone call or a smile. I look for oppurtuninties to give now and that is the biggest difference in my life now with Jesus.

  4. Tina Lundy says:

    I was getting ready to walk into the grocery store a few days ago and the Holy Spirit said, “Remember, don’t treat people the way they deserve to be treated. Treat them better.” I said, “Ok Lord, you got it.” My sister and I were shopping together. We were getting a crazy good deal in the freezer section on fish with our coupons. My sister was diving into the freezer to pull out what she wanted. I noticed an older lady standing behind us. She was obviously looking to get the same deal we were because she was glaring at my sister and I with this nasty look on her face with her arms crossed and tapping her foot impatiently. The Holy Spirit immediately quickened me to action, I took a couple of coupons that I had left and with a smile on my face and love in my heart, gave the lady my coupons and even told her how to use them (she had no clue of how to use a coupon lol). Her guard visibly came down and her countenance changed immediately :) Repentance in the works friends and it felt GOOD!!

  5. Deborah Starr says:

    I am so thankful to be able to start my days w/ getting into the word. This was such a great message because even thought I knew the story of John I really never thought of the fact he was killed for speaking Truth! Makes me think about how today if you say that you believe that God word says being gay is a sin or that abortion is murder. Everyone make you out to be a hater w/ no love & that your a crazy old fashioned Christian. Even thought the word remains the same yesterday today & tomorrow! People believe the Lie that if you love someone that you are only nice & sugar coat everything so no one is offended. We are to be welcoming, loving & respectful to people but we are to worry more about offending God then man. We need to help people to Jesus because He is the one who will convict & deliver someone out of their sin. Just like w/ our children if we get nasty & scream & yell or freak out on them they are then only looking at our reaction & become scared rather than if we approach them in love being firm yet calm. Then they are able to receive the teaching & know truth. If they still refuse to believe then it’s on them not us. Thanks for the reminder & teaching of Truth.

  6. These verses just hit me right between the eyes. I don’t think of myself as greedy or dishonest – yet I have more than I need, don’t share as much as I can, and in my life have spent WAY too much time being discontented! Over the past couple of years God has begun showing me that “Whatsoever state I am in, I should be content”. My husband became fully disabled about 4 years ago and the life we had planned for retirement just doesn’t exist anymore. I could be very bitter about that but God in his mercy continues to show me that in whatever state I find myself, as long as He is my focus, there is true peace and contentment. My husband and I have begun random acts of kindness and the joy experienced from those small acts of service are immense. While our lives may not be what WE had hoped, in Christ we can experience a fullness far beyond the physical. Be blessed this week!

  7. For me I am always saying no I don’t need help, I can do everything myself. My oldest son has down syndrome and behavior issues, so it is hard and instead of letting others help I always say no I can do it, but lately I have been saying yes I do need help, so that us a big one for me letting others help me as they can.

  8. One way to show others the fruit of repentance in your life is to be forgiving. When I think of all God has forgiven me for it makes it so much easier to truly forgive others. It is so freeing not to hold grudges against other people likewise very humbling to know that my sins against God are as far as the east is to the west.

  9. Repentance is something that’s not easy to live out but crucial for the Believer so the world can see that the God in us causes us to walk in repentance and faith in Him. I’m working on this every day as there are things that I need to go before the throne of God concerning and I need for my life to be a living testimony to others around me. I’m constantly reminded that we are called to be the Light, a living epistle and testimony, and that the world is watching us. If we can humbly repent as Believers, then we can more easily lead others into humble repentance.

  10. Lauren rees says:

    I am feeling challenged that if God is really at work in me then all of these changes I have been talking of making should be happening rather than just talked about. I am really trying to make healthier lifestyle changes consistently and it comes in spurts. I am really trying to establish a sense of order and organization in our house which doesn’t come natural for our house and it’s been all talk. I am so frustrated and ready for change. My husband found this quote which is our new motto! “Nobody changes until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.” If I have a truly repentant heart and truly lean on The Lord to help me change rather than my own strength then I will be a completely new person!

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