Reflecting the Glory | Luke 3:8 | Devotional
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
There are two kinds of sorrow. “Worldly sorrow” says, “I am sorry I got caught.” “Godly sorrow” says, “I am sorry I sinned against God.” The Apostles Paul says that “Godly sorrow leads to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). Repentance is much more than a flippant “Sorry.” It involves significant action. To repent means to change “one’s mind so that one’s views, values, goals, and ways are changed and one’s whole life is lived differently” (Packer, Concise Theology, p.162). In our passage today, John the Baptist describes the action of repentance as producing “fruit in keeping with repentance.”
Where there is no change there is no repentance. To say, “I’m sorry,” but continue to do the things you said you were “sorry” for, in the end, are simply empty words. True repentance produces the “fruit” of change in how we look at life, the things we value, the things we pursue, and the way we live.
The bottom line is this: When one truly repents; one truly means it.
Father, help me be truly sorry for my sin against you and others. By your strength allow me to produce the fruit that comes with desired, heart-felt change. In Jesus’ name. Amen.