“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 20-21)
As Jude described some deep issues of evil in the church and within the spiritual realms, he could have left his readers feeling depressed and helpless.He told them to contend for the faith against the evil doers, but then left the impression that the battle was beyond them. In the midst of the battle, though, Jude reminds us how to get through any spiritual problem: build up our faith, pray, trust the love of God, and keep looking for the mercy of Jesus Christ knowing His promise of eternal life.
Those words of wisdom could apply no matter what’s happening in our lives. While they were especially meaningful to Jude’s readers as they dealt with heresy and other spiritual forces lined up against them, they give guidance for us today whether we’re facing a spiritual battle or celebrating a God-given victory in our lives. Our faith isn’t meant to be solely a light in the darkness; it’s also meant to give us joy and victory in the everyday give and take of life.
Lord, whatever circumstances I’m going through, build up my faith, remind me to pray, help me trust Your love, and help me experience the mercy of Jesus Christ as I live in the grace of eternal life.