Title: FRUITS OF REPENTANCE (2)
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:Matthew 3:8
Yesterday saw us talking about repentance majorly. Today, I draw your attention to see that repentance involves supporting works. How do I know you’ve repented? I use your works/actions now. Your promise isn’t always proof of a changed heart.
Reminds me of people who have a habit of making “New Year Resolutions”. They’ve made resolutions as many times as their age can number without ever meeting one. They continue to question the reality of certain things still wanting in their lives. What they don’t know is that, although change begins with resolution, it doesn’t end there.
Action affects change. A woman who is pregnant or a woman entering the labour room isn’t the same as childbirth. Yes, they’re connected but they aren’t the same. For her to hold her baby, she’ll have to accept her responsibility to ‘push’ during labour. If she doesn’t push, she won’t hold her miracle in her hands even if she is due for it.
Repentance is not in the anger I feel when I do wrong (Although it begins with it, because what I still love and want, I can’t receive the power to be free from). Repentance is not in the resolution not to return to error. Repentance is perfected and displayed through my corresponding action and lifestyle.
John cried out for the Pharisees to not deceive themselves just by coming for baptism but to rather go on to bear the fruits that agree with the baptism they’re receiving.
2Tim. 2:19, Luke 15:17, Proverbs 28:13, Matt. 3:6-8
These scriptures among many, tells us what to do with our repentance: forsake the old ways. Stop what you were used to. Stop what you once did. Turn away from it.
You can’t call on the name of the Lord and still continue to seek Satan’s merchandise. You’re not with God unless you call on Him, making up your mind to walk in His ways. And Psalms 1:1-3 tells us what happens to people who walk in His ways.
It’s glorious when we walk in true repentance. Joy and peace floods our hearts. We walk in holy surrender. We bear fruits. The Spirit of God rises in our hearts with power and we can trust Him to answer us and supply the strength we need to remain in the Christian path.
Repent and mean it, trusting Him for strength to continue rightly this time.
Thank you Jesus!