Verses 22-23 Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
Jude continues his list of ways we need to live out our most holy living. Just as with the Ten Commandments the first few had to do with our relationship with God and the remaining on the list are about our relationship with others.
First, Jude points out our need to be merciful to those who have doubts. These are not people who are blatantly against the Word of God and His people. We are to show mercy to those who may have questions about the faith for we too have had moments of doubts and questioning.
Secondly, he gives us the reminder that we are to be sharing the Gospel both to those who are not Christians and those that are. We are to be reminding each other that we have to live aware of the judgment that await those who live in rebellion to God. As Christians we won’t lose our salvation but we will miss the joy of open fellowship with the Father.
And last we are given another reminder to be merciful to others but this time we aren’t talking about those who are doubting. These people are not wanting faith and so there is a warning that goes with it. We are to be cautious while we are showing them mercy because of their sin. We need to remember that while showing them mercy we are to still hate their sin and be constantly aware of the filth of their earthly living.
This last one is probably the hardest one for us to abide by and that is because sometimes these people are people we love. Jesus said that He had not come to bring peace but that He would divide people (Luke 12:51-53). We are to love even our enemies but that doesn’t mean that we turn a blind eye to their sin. Sin is still sin and God is still God. God will never permit sin to go unchecked and we need to know the dangers of accepting it without caution or being close with those who love their sin.
Making It Personal
Which of these do you struggle with? Do you know why you struggle with that issue? What steps do you need to take to work through that struggle?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to doubt? How can you show mercy to someone who is questioning about Jesus? Who do you ask when you have questions about Jesus?
Father, thank You for Jude’s reminders about how to fan the flames of our most holy faith. Give us a burning desire to live as You desire in every area of our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.