Luke 3:7–14 (ESV)
7 He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized
by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from
these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax
collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers
also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”
In these two paragraphs, Jesus says “Bear fruits in keeping with repentance.” In the second paragraph, Jesus shows us how to bear fruit. We are to love our
neighbor as ourselves and to love with action. We are to live in faith.
I pray: O Lord, help my heart and my lips to be in sync with your will.