Seeing our sins as Jesus sees them

In today’s Gospel Reading (Matthew 21:28-32), Jesus tries to make the religious leaders aware of the lack of change in their lives in response to the action of God which is occurring in their midst.  How should they be changing?  It was well-stated in this article by (Orthodox) Fr Stephen:

This brings me to the harder word of this article: we generally do not “know the will of God” because we are sinful, broken, full of pride, anger and the other passions. We do not know the will of God because we do not know God Himself. And that knowledge, in whatever measure, comes as the fruit of repentance (meekness, humility, self-emptying).

In his exposition of today’s Gospel, Fr Francis Martin magnificently describes such repentance, and the compunction and joy which should accompany it: