Reading through the New Testament in 2016 - November 30th, 2016 - Jude Not everyone is going in the
That’s why Jude writes this letter. He’s warning the church to discern who among them isn’t going in the right direction.
How can you tell who isn’t going in the right direction?
They “pervert the grace of God into a license for immorality” (vs 4)
They “pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings” (vs 8)
If ever you hear someone using the grace given to us by Jesus as an excuse to continue sinning — be aware that this person needs your help and correction. Don’t let them steer you in that direction.
When you see someone content with polluting their bodies with substances or indulging in gluttony, be very cautious and don’t let them pull you into the place their going.
Notice that someone rejects all advice from authority? Be careful. These types of people can pull you down.
(wish I had some insight on “heaping abuse on celestial beings” but I have no clue what he’s talking about there)
Can I guess what you’re thinking right now? Are you wondering how this isn’t being judgmental of people around us? Because I’m wondering that too.
I think Jude was as well.
He also says to be merciful with doubters, to snatch people from the fire (vs 23).
The point isn’t to become judgmental, rather it is to be discerning of who we spend our time with and whether or not they are helping us go in the right direction.
If they aren’t going in the right direction try to help them — snatch them from the fire. But by all means don’t just join in with them on their way to destruction for the sake of not being judgmental.
Ask yourself this question: Do the people I surround myself with help me build up my faith, inspire me to pray and keep me rooted in God’s love (vs 20-21)?
This is important because the people we surround ourselves with will either help us get to where we want to go, or they don’t.
So, as Jude writes, be aware, be careful, and keep going on the right path.