What are we do with those that doubt? What are we to with those that cause divisions? That cause trouble? That cause all manner of problems?
What are we, as Christians, as believers, as Christ followers, what are we to do with them? How should we feel?
How should we act?
What should we do?
Jude is one of my favorite books in the bible. It’s a book that is written to Christians in a time where they feel under attack. A book written to Christians to encourage them to stand strong, to hold onto their faith, but to be aware that the world will try to attack, destroy and mock their faith.
What does Jude tell Christian to do with “them” when we are under attack.
Listen to what it says in 17-23:
But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 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.
First – know “they” are coming. They will come causing division. It will happen. Jesus promised it will happen (John 15:18). Paul tells us it will happen. And here Jude shares with us that it will happen.
Be aware. Don’t be shocked. Don’t be stunned.
We were not promised a rose garden. In fact, just the opposite. We were promised trouble.
Second – build yourself up. If it’s going to be tough, we need to be strong. If we will face troubles, then we had better be ready for it.
Are you doing the things that will allow you to have strength in times of trouble? Are you praying? Are you reading your Bible? Are you going to Church? Are you building yourself up for these things?
And last – have mercy on those who doubt. Those who attack you, those who persecute you, those that mock you, those that despise you, you know what God wants to happen to them?
He wants them to get saved. He wants them as part of His kingdom. He wants them to be your brother or sister.
So, as Christians, our job is to have mercy. Even when it’s hard.
But, if we aren’t ready and aren’t prepared, we can’t.
This is the world we live in. That is what we can expect. Let’s not be surprised, let’s be ready, and let’s let His grace make all the difference.
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