Today’s text: Jude; Isaiah 47
Jude is a frisky bit of text. 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.
Today we are surrounded by those who doubt – neighbors, classmates, co-workers, even family members. How do we relate to them? At the core of this text is a heart of mercy – of genuine 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. Mercy is the desire to see people be relieved of their suffering – it includes the will to forgive. Do we have a heart of mercy for sinners? Are we willing to go to the dark places where they are captive to be used of God to rescue them? 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 renew my commitment to pray for them daily.
in Him, Mike