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Luke 3:7a John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers!”
John told people they needed to repent. Repentance is one of those church words we sometimes gloss over. It means to turn to a new direction, turn over a new leaf, get a fresh start. John told his listeners what is still profoundly true. We are all messed up, and continuing in our current wrong direction won’t fix that. But by God’s grace, we can start over. We can choose to follow Jesus and live a life basking in his mercy and love. Our transformed lives will bear fruit, as we begin to show forth justice, compassion, grace, and peace.
MOVING FORWARD: Who speaks truth that is hard to hear? Thank that person—and listen to them!