Pt 7 - Proving Mercy Now & Forever

Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God.

Hebrews 9:27 (GNB)


NOTE: The mercy that God demands His followers to extend in this

life is designed to allow God to extend mercy in next life.


This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I

am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you

and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. 2 May God give you more

and more mercy, peace, and love. 3 Dear friends, I had been eagerly

planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find

that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to His holy people. Jude 1-2 (NLT)


JUDE REVEALS 3 PEOPLE GOD CALLS ME TO BE MERCIFUL TO


1. I MUST BE MERCIFUL TO THOSE WHO DOUBT.


Be merciful to those who doubt… Jude 22 (NIV)


2. I MUST BE MERCIFUL TO THOSE WHO ARE ENDANGERED.


Save others by snatching them from the fire… Jude 23a (NIV)


He will come with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire, bringing judgment

on those who don't know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good

News of our Lord Jesus. 2 Thessalonians 1:7b-8 (NLT)


3. I MUST BE MERCIFUL TO THOSE WHO ARE DANGEROUS.


To others show mercy, mixed with fear--hating even the clothing stained by

corrupted flesh. Jude 23b (NIV)

JUDE’S DIRECTIVES TO BE A SUCCESSFUL MERCY PROVIDER


1. REMEMBER THE SCRIPTURES


But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord

Jesus Christ said. Jude 1: 17 (NIV)


But you, dear friends, must build up your lives ever more strongly upon the

foundation of our holy faith… Jude 1: 20a (NIV)


And we have been given the prophetic word—the written message of the

prophets, made more reliable and fully validated (by the confirming voice of

God on the Mount of Transfiguration). And you will continue to do well if

you stay focused on it. 2 Peter 1:19 (TPT)


Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the

salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something

else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time

to His holy people. Jude 3 (NLT)


 “The salvation we share” is the result of someone sharing “the faith.”


Yes, everyone who trusts in the Lord will be saved. 14   But before people can

call on the Lord, they must believe in him. And before they can believe in the

Lord, they must hear about him. And for anyone to hear about the Lord, someone

must tell them…. 17 So faith comes from hearing the Good News. And people hear

the Good News when someone tells them about Christ.

Romans 10:13, 14, 17 (ERV)


2. RECOMMIT TO PRAYER IN THE SPIRIT.


Furthermore, continue to pray in the Holy Spirit. Jude 1: 20b (ISV)


So he instructed them, “The harvest is vast, but the workers are few. So ask

the Lord of the harvest to send workers out into his harvest.”

Luke 10:2 (GNB)


3. RETAIN YOUR FAITH AND BE FAITHFUL


Stay always within the boundaries where God’s love can reach and bless

you. Wait patiently for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ in his

mercy is going to give you. Jude 1:21 (TLB)


4. RESOLVE TO BE CARING BUT CAREFUL.


And as for others, help them to find the Lord by being kind to them, but be

careful that you yourselves aren’t pulled along into their sins. Hate every

trace of their sin while being merciful to them as sinners. Jude 23b (TLB)


My spiritual brothers and sisters, if one of our faithful has fallen into a trap

and is snared by sin, don’t stand idle and watch his demise. Gently restore

him, being careful not to step into your own snare. Galatians 6:1 (VOICE)


…hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of his rebellious flesh, in

hope that his spirit may be rescued and restored in the day of the

Lord.  6  Boasting of your tolerance of sin is inappropriate. Don’t you

understand that even a small compromise with sin permeates the entire

fellowship, just as a little leaven permeates a batch of dough? 

1 Corinthians 5:5, 6 (TPT)

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