As we fight for the faith, we who follow Christ are encouraged to be merciful to doubters.
Jude adds, “Save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh” (23).
May we be faithful witnesses to the true gospel message, as Jesus commanded in His Acts 1:8 mandate to “be my witnesses,” and may we remember just how important it is to follow up those who respond in obedience to Jesus' Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20)!
As we share the gospel with those around us, may we be careful to do so as the apostle Peter has described: “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
Heavenly Father, enable me to do just that! By Your Holy Spirit, use me to share the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom. No matter who may cross my path, may I reflect Your love, grace, and mercy to them. Help me to represent YOU well and establish those who respond to the gospel message of hope!