8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
You might be familiar with the concept of repentance, feeling bad for something you did wrong and wanting to do what is right. Repentance is often described as the number 180, as in doing a 180-degree turn in the opposite direction. The fruit, or result of repentance is more than feeling bad and sorry but what exactly does it look like?
The fruit of repentance involves a change of two things: attitude and action.
Repentance means we change our attitude of selfishness, arrogance, and greed to one of humility. You cannot truly be repentant and continue to focus on self, that’s not how repentance works. We realize a hurt or wrong we have committed, feel remorse, and shift our attitude in a way that looks to serve others as opposed to self.
As repentance changes our attitude, it also compels us into action. It is seeking forgiveness, seeking to change, seeking to go in a different direction. A 180-degree turn means heading in one direction and stopping to go in the completely opposite direction. It means that we not only feel sorry for doing wrong but we stop doing wrong.
Repentance without a change of action is really just saying, “Sorry I’m not sorry.” Repentance without a change of attitude is not a change in direction but merely a change of pace. The fruit of repentance is both a change in attitude AND action.