Morning Devotion: Read Jude

Jude 1:1  Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2  Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

As we read and reread this passage, we find some wonderful words to contemplate. We find God’s sanctification and we find God’s preservation. Then we find God’s mercy and grace and love in multiplicity. WOW!

Even though John lists love last, love is really the fulcrum by which all the rest exists. For without love you will have no mercy. Without love you will have no peace. Without love you will certainly have no preservation and no sanctification.

God’s love is the basis by which all the rest is given. My brother and sister, do you realize God loves you.

Mercy is exercised in God’s love. Ephesians 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

The Apostle John writes the same thing to the elect lady in 2 John 1:3  “Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.”

They blend together like a sweet syrup in the jar of preserved peaches. It simply tastes good, feels good and satisfies the not only the palate but the heart and soul.

If we really knew the depth and length and breath of God’s love, I believe we would be overcome and would fall to our knees in great humility and great praise to God.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 John 4:10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Just think about that for a moment. We, sinners by nature and appointed to wrath, were loved enough to have God offer us salvation. Not only loved enough to have the offer, but loved enough that God would provide the means by which we can be saved.

It is God’s love that constrains us.  2 Corinthians 5:14  For the love of Christ constraineth us;

As a result, we can live in that same love. Ephesians 5:1  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

1 Peter 3:8  ¶Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

Jude 1:21  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Let me reiterate, Jude 1: 2  Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

Let me ask, do you have God’s love in multiplicity, and are you exercising God’s love; especially now, when there seems to be a separation between believers who have taken the pharmaceutical and those who have not?

True love of the brethren is really starting manifest itself in these trying days.

1 John 4:20  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

If you have love and mercy and peace in multiplicity, use it, live and demonstrate it. Now is when we need to use it, not when everything is going great. It is easy to say you love someone when things are easy. Love is truly demonstrated when things aren’t great.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook