12/6/18

Good morning!
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