Posted @withrepost • @chosen1saintv79 In this verse Jude presents a practical way for believers to be spiritually strong in spite of the apostates' efforts to destroy their faith. Believers remain strong if they stay focused on God's love for them & do His will. In Jn 15:10, Jesus assures us that we will abide in His love if we keep His commandments. The prodigal son (Lu 15:11–24) journeyed to a pagan country that was far from home. His father still loved him, but in that country the prodigal was unable to enjoy the benefits of his father's love. However, when he returned home, he enjoyed the love his father lavished on him. Believers need to "stay home" to fully enjoy the heavenly Father's love. Jude adds another exhortation. He urges his readers to eagerly anticipate the mercy Jesus will bestow on us when He returns. Although His present mercy includes forgiveness, at Jesus' return it will include eternal life in heaven & all its accompanying benefits. Ju 1:17–23 lays out Jude's plan of action for recognizing, resisting, & defeating apostates. Prior verses were devoted to explaining how, & why, these false teachers were dangerous. Those who followed their examples were bound for eternal judgment. Here, Jude provides a means to avoid these liars, as well as their fate. Jude's brief letter describes men at their worst & God at His best. Believers are already on the victorious side! Those who mock God's truth & who follow their own desires all while claiming to be Christians, are the most dangerous kind of unbelievers. These persons pose a danger to themselves & to any Christians they might influence. In response, Christians need to focus on understanding the truth of God's written Word & submitting to His will.🕊🔥 #judged#praise#faith#faithful#believer#bornagain#Jesus#love#church#salvation#obey#obedience#holyspirit#cross#God#eternity#persecution
Everyone has an opinion about everything and everyone we come across. This is a natural to the human mind because we like to understand things in simple, easy boxes or categories. The idea of change or difference being acceptable can become problematic if we are not conscious of our thought patterns. This will cause a suffering and pain in ourselves the more we resist things that are different or willing to change. This is often projected onto others as negative judgement And the need to express it to that person who triggers us. This unfortunately also causes suffering to the targeted person. This is a zero sum game.