”Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
These are words from John the Baptist, addressed to the Pharisees and Sadducees who were coming to be baptized. He did not trust their hearts. When someone truly repents, they make every effort not to return to their old ways. Just being one of God’s chosen people did not exempt these men from this truth. It is easy to fall into this thinking. I know Jesus is my savior, I know God created me and will bring me to heaven at the end of my time. But this faith, this knowledge, does not give me any special permission to continue sinning. If anything, this makes me more accountable for my actions.
Father God, I am truly sorry for my sins, because I want to respect you fully. Forgive me, Lord. Amen