Jude 17-25 – October 31
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude (circling back to Corinthians in November), I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
A Call to Persevere
17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Keeping in God’s Love | Becky Newman
John taught us that “keep yourselves in God’s love” means obeying His commands, continuing to follow Jesus and not following false teachings. In verses 22-23, Jude tells us how we need to act in this world, but we must first be strong in our faith, like it says here in verses 20-21, to be able to discern from You which approach needs to be taken — gentleness or forcefulness.
Even in the particularly busy seasons like right now, in order to keep myself in God’s love, obedient to Your commands and following Jesus, I need to be actively building my faith and praying in the Holy Spirit. The -ing suffix means it needs to happen every day, busy or not. I’m struggling right now with when to show mercy to those in doubt and when to snatch them from the fire, but if I’m not daily keeping myself in Your love, how can You show me?
Lord, I admit I’m stressed out right now and in the search of 20 hours a week to give my job, I’m choosing that over You. Please forgive me. I re-commit to daily time with You. And please let everything else trickle down accordingly through the filter of Your love.
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