SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 7:11
The fourth fruit of true repentance is the Greek word fob-os or ”fear.” It means, ‘the dread and the realization that anyone can be deceived or overcome by an issue.’ It can happen to anyone. When we understand it can happen to anyone, true humility sets in and Pharisaism is dealt a death blow. True humility accepts God’s Word for what it says. When we realize our fallibility we can choose to trust God to deliver us and take us out of our sin. Self-righteousness and pharisaical arrogance falls away because we understand that anyone can be snared. The fourth fruit is a fear that comes from true humility as it is worked into our lives when we realize missing the mark can happen to anyone. The fifth fruit of true repentance is the Greek word ep-ee-path-ay-sis, translated “vehement desire.” It means ‘the consistent, diligent display of seeking God.’ Ep-ee-path-ay-sis is the desire for God above anything and everyone else. He is the only One that can deliver us and we must want Him and Him alone. Repentance has true fruit and we can tell true repentance by the fruit.