Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Matt. 3:8, NIV
Do the things that show you really have changed your hearts and lives. Matt. 3:8, NCV
When we evaluate authentic change, the Biblical definition is crisp and solid. It has everything understood in results (fruit). Just words or emotions can’t be factored in when we consider real change. I don’t care what you say, how eloquent you can be. Also, I will not be able to relate to your feelings, how you feel “warm and fuzzy” when you think about Jesus.
Actions matter. Your actions will define what you believe about God. What you decide to do, will delineate what is really real. I struggle with many things, I seem to be a magnet for all things dark and lost. This proper way of evaluating reality will become a tremendous way of blessing those of us with ‘mood disorders.’ My feelings are definitely mercurial. I really can’t trust them.
We seem to be evaluated in Scripture on what we do– not on what we say. This is a definitely cold shower on many who think they are acceptable people. This really bothers me, ‘action-evaluation’ seems rigid and inflexible. I cannot measure up to this, it seems poorly thought out, and capricious. I just seem to fall out in too many ways.
And yet, down deep, I understand. I don’t like it, but it truthfully seems oddly rational and real. It seems to be something God would do. We need a basis on what is real, and important. It may shake us, but the result is being able to realize what is the real truth. Our feelings, and idealistic ideas are like a bucket with many holes. What we receive from Him can’t be maintained–it runs out almost as fast as it collects.
We must recalibrate our senses. We need to rearrange many things, and completely reevaluate our momentum and focus. These seem to be abstract and vague ways of making determinations like this, but if we get honest we realize that these things are critical.