“But you, beloved . . . pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . And have mercy on some who are wavering.“ (Jude 1:20a, c-21b, 22 from Jude 1: 17-25)
I read some information on the book of Jude, and was favorable impressed. Not that I did not like the book before, but the quick synopsis of the book reminded me of all the good aspects of the book, especially the closing blessing / doxology.
The book of Jude is very short, one chapter consisting of 25 verses – including the doxology. The writer of Jude (from the excerpts found in the daily “Sip of Scripture) very succinctly covers some of the most important aspects of the Christian life. “Pray in the Holy Spirit” – not to just pray, but pray the way the Holy Spirit leads you which rests upon and assumes an active relationship with the Spirit of God. And if that is not enough clue, the writer of Jude also says “keep yourselves in the love of God” which means not only love God, but do as God would have you do. The writer of Jude as commends the reader to look to Christ and Christ’s forgiving grace and mercy – because mercy contains forgiveness. And finally, to be in right relationship with others, having compassion on them when they stray in their Christian walk. All important things in the Christian life.
And now the the blessing, which reminds me of Paul’s blessings – incidentally, the brief overview I read compares the book of Jude to Paul’s writings favorably.
“Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (verses 24 & 25) Amen indeed! And Selah! Shalom for your day.