Dec 6

Good morning!
Text:  Jude; Isaiah 47
Jude is a frisky bit of text, written to strengthen believers in the face of false teachers who invaded the early church.  And, they are still around today.  In verses 22-23, we find important encouragement about how we ought to relate to people who do not believe:

And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

Three simple instructions are here, urging us to:
  1. Motivated by mercy, work to convince people who doubt the truth about Jesus (the word “to have mercy” in v22 also means “to convince”).
  2. Speak with clarity about the consequences of sin – fiery punishment (v.7 speaks of Sodom and Gomorrah).
  3. Be careful (fearful) when hanging out with sinful people when their sins are tempting to us as well.
At the core of this is a heart of mercy – of concern for the lost people out there.  This is a challenge to us all.  As we are so richly blessed in the fellowship of believers, it is easy to settle into the “holy huddle” – and fall away from the demanding work of rescue. For starters, I am reminded of my own need to pray for the lost by name…  neighbors, family members, old friends.  I am going to update my list today and refresh an old discipline – to pray for them daily.
in Him, Mike