Day 6: Repentance Devotional

Day 6: Repentance Devotional

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:7-11 ESV)blogpost5

Verse 8 tells us to “bear fruits worthy of repentance.”

So, what are the fruits of repentance?

John the Baptist was talking to the Pharisees and Sadducees, who were very religious but also very distant from God. It’s easy to claim to be very religious, but if we do not bear the fruits of repentance, we too are very distant from God.

The first fruit of repentance is humility.

Coming before a holy God, acknowledging our sin, and asking for forgiveness leads to humility that cannot come any other way. We are sinners, and yet God has forgiven us.  That is a humbling place to be, because we received what we did not deserve.

The second fruit is urgency.

With repentance comes the awareness of the seriousness of our sins.  From that flows the desire to get this horrible problem taken care of right now.

The third fruit is change

Genuine repentance leads to a changed life!

The last fruit of repentance is dependence.

Recognizing that we have fallen short, we admit our sin and trust and depend on the Lord for all the resources we need for victory as we live each day. We realize the truth about the Lord found in verse 11, that He is “more powerful than I.

Ask yourself: Am I more like the Pharisees and Sadducees? Or, can I clearly see the fruits of repentance in my life?

2 Comments

  1. Taralynn Tuning

    Thank you Pastor Mark for doing this! As you know Sundays are hard for me and mornings even harder. So to be involved, even if considered tiny, is just awesome!!!!

  2. Pastor Mark

    The COMPANIONS of True Repentance
    A. Faith
    One man said, “Faith always walks side by side with his weeping sister, true Repentance. They are born in the same house at the same hour, and they will live in the same heart every day, and on your dying bed, while you will have faith on the one hand to draw open the curtain of the next world, you will have repentance, with its tears, as it lets fall the curtain upon the world from which you are departing. You will have at the last moment to weep over your own sins, and yet you shall see through that tear the place where tears are washed away.”
    B. Confession : 1 John 1:9
    C. Holiness
    The picture of a changed life! Remembering that true repentance leads to holiness and not the other way around! It’s God’s transforming work on the repentant sinner.
    D. Peace
    This is the sweetness of true repentance moving from convicting turmoil to refreshing peace.

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