Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hey Jude

Monday night, I read the entire book of Jude.

I know, I know. You're thinking, "How impressive! That Rachel is something else! She read a whole book of the Bible in one night! That's incredible!"

Well, if you've ever read the book of Jude—which, *ahem*, I have—you'd know that it's one chapter.

One. Chapter.

I had you for a minute! You thought I'd read a big giant book! Ha!

*sigh* It was fun while it lasted.

I was actually flipping through looking for something else when a verse from Jude jumped off the page at me:

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 1:22-23

So interesting.

There will always be people who don't believe, and I definitely feel a personal call to show love to those who don't follow Christ. While this verse reinforces that idea, it also raises some interesting points:
  1. Be merciful to those who doubt. Doubt is a natural thing we all struggle with. Be understanding and compassionate when someone either passively or aggressively (or passive-aggressively?) doubts God or faith or the Bible. Even believers. Show love; don't get defensive or aggressive in return. Speak the truth in love, and that may lead them to Christ.
  2. Save others by snatching them from the fire. Plain and simple, some people come to God out of fear. Either they have some life experience that changes their heart and mind, or they reach a point where they realize Hell is real and they want out. But, honestly, if you go around telling people they're going to Hell, they're just as likely to turn away from God as they are to turn toward him. If you see someone headed toward disaster, make your best effort to bring them out of it. Show them who God is and the mercy that awaits them if they head for him. And show them with love. Always.
  3. To others, show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. There are some who—instead of you bringing them up—will try to bring you down with them. Always be cautious that when you're trying to pull people out of the mud, you don't get stuck yourself.
All good reminders. Who knew such a little book could have so much good information?

Now, go read Jude! It's only one chapter, but then you can tell people you read a whole book, too!

6 comments:

  1. Hi Rachel. excellent post, very practical and good on you, a whole book! God bless, Tracy
    ps: is Jude after Imaginations? :)

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  2. I would just lead with the "I read a whole book" :)

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  3. Ha! Love the idea of saying I read a whole book!

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  4. Hi Rachel,

    I just received The Versatile Blogger Award and I'm paying it forward to YOU! :)

    See my post from today: http://christiansupermom.com/blog-award

    The Versatile Blogger Award is to recognize and appreciate fellow bloggers , letting your readers know about some blogs they may not have visited yet or would enjoy reading.

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    There's no rush in responding to this. All bloggers, especially mommy bloggers are very busy. I totally understand!

    Love your blog!! :)
    Rosann

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  5. That's a great verse. And hey - congratulations on finishing the book!

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  6. Awesome! I love this. I'd like to meet Jude when I get to Heaven. Not only because he has a cool name, but because he wrote a very cool book full of stark reminders about our walk. It may only be one chapter (which I've already read - woo hoo for me!) but it covers a lot!

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