Sinning Freely Comes At a Cost
Verse 15 …to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Today’s verses continue the discussion about false teachers and the danger they bring to the Church. Jude was making sure that his readers didn’t think that these people would get away with it.
Jude points to an old Jewish book that most of his readers would have known to remind them of God’s judgment on those that are working against the kingdom of God. While this reminder is good to note in regards to those who are trying to mislead the people of the Church, it is a warning for each of us too.
It is so easy in the Church, especially among those of us who have been born and raised in the Church, to think we are safe from being counted among these false teachers. And while we may not be counted as false teachers we must ask ourselves if we are causing the Church to be weaker than it is supposed to be.
The purpose of Jude’s book is to fan the flame of our faith. We are needing to be seeing the various things that he warned about and see if there are things in our lives that are causing similar stumbling blocks for those we are in close contact with. We will not be held guiltless for the sins that we allow to continue unchecked in our lives. We will not lose our salvation but that doesn’t mean God turns a blind eye to sins that we love.
He didn’t send Jesus to die for our sins so that we could think that they are redeemed. No, Jesus came to redeem His people not the sins that they adore. He died a horrible death so that we are redeemed – saved – from our sins. To fan the flame of our faith we must see the truth of our sin and understand the judgment it requires. God’s holiness cannot bear with sin and therefore if we want to be close to God, we need to forsake our sinful thoughts and actions.
Making It Personal
Can you admit sin in your life? How holy do you think God is? In what ways could your sins have affected those around you?
Making It Personal Kids
What is sin? What does it mean that God is holy? Why does Jesus not want us to sin?
Father, thank You for not giving up on us. Give us the desire to live as You want us to live. Help us know Your holiness so that we can know our filth. In Jesus’ name, amen.