- Jude verse 4 says, “For certain people have crept in unnoticed [just as if they were sneaking in by a side door]. They are ungodly persons whose condemnation was predicted long ago, for they distort the grace of our God into decadence and immoral freedom [viewing it as an opportunity to do whatever they want], and deny and disown our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
But Romans 6:20-23 says, “When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Wouldn't you rather have eternal life than be slaves to sin? Be holy and be a child of God than live ashamed and mired in sin? It's true that God forgives us over and over again if we ask. But it is so much more rewarding if we ask God to free us from our habitual sin and live lives that are morally and more emotionally set on God's standards.
One day in church the pastor of the church that we were visiting asked the congregation, “Is there some sin you want to confess that we as a church can pray for?” Several church members raised their hands and confessed things and the pastor prayed for the whole church to break the bonds of sin. He also prayed that the rest of the church members would pray for their friends and help physically or emotionally support them. This is one of the reasons I am still going to the church.
The second part of verse 4 says that the ungodly persons sneaking into the church were denying and disowning Jesus as their Lord and Master. One of the greatest Christian authors C. S. Lewis talks about what's called the trilemma. Jesus is a liar, a lunatic or a Lord. As followers of Christ, we believe that He is Lord because He said with His own lips He is the Son of God. If someone in your life is denying that God exists, you must defend your faith! With gentleness and respect, of course . . . and pray for them. God knows what they are going through. It may be something that needs a miracle to make them see Him. But God knows how to reach them. It may be through you or someone else but His ways are not our ways, in your life and theirs.
My friends, we all have difficult things to go through, even I do, but God will be there with you.
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I leave you with Paul's wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11
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