MORNINGTIME 3964by Benjamin Munsell on March 10, 2022
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore FRUITS MEET FOR REPENTANCE: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Matthew 3:1-2,7-8,11. True Repentance here means to go from one direction to the opposite direction. And what does "fruits meet for repentance" mean? These fruits are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Natural man is full of sin, pride and rebellion. To change direction, to change lifestyle, is to go away from the influences of self, flesh and the old man nature and take on the Nature of Christ. The Fruits of His Nature manifest themselves as, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Against these Christ-Like attributes there is no law, you are Free to practice and use these Fruits, these Attributes, just as often as you like. These Fruits are instilled in you from the Holy Spirit and are also labeled as the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These names, titles and descriptions are of very little importance COMPARED TO will you allow the Holy Spirit to Grow, Developed and Change you into making them a natural part of your Life and makeup. This is the change TRUE REPENTANCE brings into one's life. This change will be different for you, even Radical. The old you will be hard to see as the new Fruits of CHRISTLIKENESS greatly manifest themselves. YOU can't change, YOU can't make this happen, YOU can't build up these Fruits, BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN, AND WILL, as you allow HIM to make these changes. When HE changes you, you WILL, Be Blessed.