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Getting to the Core of Good Fruit

Crowds came out to be baptized by John. Many of them had pride in their ancestry, relying on being sons of Abraham to keep them right with God. But John told them to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Luke 3:8).

What does this mean? “What should we do then?” the crowd asked.

If you have two shirts, give one to someone who needs it; if you have food, give some to one who has none. Don’t accuse people falsely or take more than what is due to you. In short, be kind and be honest.

John’s instructions seem simple, but it can be difficult to be honest and even harder to be kind.

Producing good fruit can feel impossible. Our sinful natures make us self-absorbed, greedy and quick to judge. And even when we are trying, we are faced with difficult situations and people who wear on our last nerves. But with Jesus, all things are possible. He will help us to maintain the integrity and concern for others that are the core of producing good fruit.

So take a bite of repentance. Digest that attitude. Imagine your life without God’s integrity and concern for you. Be joyful in your salvation and share your joy with others. All the person next to you might need is a smile. Surely we all have an extra one to spare.

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