A Fruitful Season of Lent

St. John the Baptist Preaches in the Wilderness

St. John the Bap­tist Preaches in the Wilderness

The Sea­son of Lent is a won­der­ful time to return to God and rekin­dle our faith. It is a time of repen­tance. St. John the Bap­tist, the great prophet who pre­pared the peo­ple for the com­ing of Jesus,  said:

“Pro­duce fruits in keep­ing with repentance.”~Luke 3:8

What are the fruits of true repentance?

The first step of repen­tance is to make the deci­sion to turn away from sin. The next step is to fol­low through by striv­ing to actu­ally amend our lives by God’s grace. This stage is when lit­tle by lit­tle, the fruits of repen­tance begin to develop and mature. In St. Paul’s let­ter to the Eph­esians, he out­lines some of the fruits of true repentance.

 “22  Throw off your old sin­ful nature and your for­mer way of life … 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and atti­tudes. 24 Put on your new nature, cre­ated to be like God—truly right­eous and holy. 25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neigh­bors the truth … Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.28

 If you are a thief, quit steal­ing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give gen­er­ously to oth­ers in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abu­sive lan­guage. Let every­thing you say be good and help­ful, so that your words will be an encour­age­ment to those who hear them.30 And do not bring sor­row to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remem­ber, He has iden­ti­fied you as His own …

31 Get rid of all bit­ter­ness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slan­der, as well as all types of evil behav­ior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, ten­der­hearted, for­giv­ing one another, just as God through Christ has for­given you.”~Ephesians 4:22–32

May we all have a Lenten sea­son in which, by the grace of God, we amend our lives to pro­duce fruits in keep­ing with repentance!

 

 

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