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Friday, February 8, 2019

Jude 1:22-23

And on some have compassion, making a distinction, but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
Jude 1:22-23

No one likes confrontation. Most would rather ignore an issue and say, "That's none of my business." But there are times when God has called us to act in love and say something. This can never be taken lightly and requires a great deal of prayer. Here Jude is encouraging us to reach out to members of the body who are flirting with false doctrine or abusing God's grace. A heart for God's people is only the start. By being sensitive to the Holy Spirit, we can know when we should comfort and when we should rebuke. For the first group, we must use compassion. This often means watching over someone, helping them with accountability, and encouraging them to dig deeper into God's Word. For the second group, we must use a strong approach. Not in a spirit of superiority, but with fear. Considering ourselves lest we also be tempted (Galatians 6:1).

We are a body of believers. We need to be just as concerned for each other as we are for ourselves. This is true for both our physical and our own spiritual welfare. We must genuinely care about our brothers and sisters who are struggling or edging towards error. For "by this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35).

Pastor Rod Harris



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