Today’s Readings are 1 Chronicles 11 and Jude 1:17-23.
As I read the words from Jude, they are like soul food. Jude is urging the faithful believers to reach out to others. Specifically to three different groups.
This resonates well with me. Tomorrow I will conduct a funeral for my family. Most are skeptical while many others are well-known for their doubts which have been expressed over many years.
Firstly, to those who doubt (22). Jude calls believers to “be merciful” to them. A good reminder as I know I have received mercy from our great God. I know that our Lord Jesus who intercedes for me is a merciful saviour.
Secondly, to reach out to others who have been led down the wrong path by the influence and false teaching of others. Powerfully we are called to “snatch” them from the fire in order to save them. It will be important to mix mercy with fear which is highlighted by the third point. We should never walk away from the hard challenge of speaking about the reality of life and death. My experience to date is that done well, you both honour God and allow others to see his mercy and grace in its fullness.
Finally, “show mercy, mixed with fear”. I sense that Jude wants the believers to pray for the false teachers as well as the members who have been influenced by them. Believers should always be concerned of the influence of false teachers, while at the same time being loving. As I type this I am reminded often of the challenge of being a Christian.
False teachers are still around today. When people get caught up in their influence we are to call them back to the truth of the bible. What matters is how we do that.
Tomorrow will be here soon enough. To all I say keep yourselves in God’s love as we await for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. And as we wait, let us continue to be devoted to our own spiritual growth.