Today’s Scripture Reading: Jude 1:1-25, Revelation 1:1-2:29
Heavenly Father, I counted the phrase “these” people five times in the 25 verses of Jude. Who were “these” people?
Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. –Jude 1:3-4
Lord, as I read through this short book written by Jesus’ half-brother, Jude, it is clear that You have a problem with these people.
Here are just a few things Jude tells us about “these people:”
-Sexually immoral and perverse
-Scoff at supernatural beings
-Scoff at things they do not understand
-Do whatever their instincts tell them
-Grumble and complain
-Brag loudly about themselves
-Flatter others to get what they want
Jesus, so what are we supposed to do about “these people?”
But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ predicted. They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.
But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.
And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. –Jude 1:17-23
Jesus, give me eyes to see “these people” as You see them. Give me a heart of compassion.
Lord, I don’t want to be one of “these people.” Please keep me from falling away and don’t every leave me!
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen. —Jude 1:24-25
Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:1-6:17