Morning Devotion: Read Jude

Jude 1:20  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Faith built on biblical principles is a strong faith. Such faith is not only beneficial to you but to others as well.

Faith enhanced with virtue, knowledge of God, temperance, patience and godliness will definitely be witnessed and experience through you to others. In other words, people will see your faith.

That brings us to brotherly kindness and charity.

2 Peter 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5  ¬∂And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7  And to godliness BROTHERLY KINDNESS; and to brotherly kindness CHARITY.

8  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

You see, a virtuous, knowledgeable, temperate, patient person will be a godly person and a godly person will be kind and will love his brother, or sister.

Brotherly kindness is that word philadelphia; it means brotherly love.

The word charity is the word agape, (ag ah pay) which is a godly love.

This is the pinnacle of a strong faith, loving your brother and sister and loving God.

1 John 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

That is how we know we are born-again, because we love both in a brotherly sense and in an agape, godly way.

1 John 5:1  ¬∂Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him (Jesus) that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him (the brethren). 2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

In this world of covid, the vaccinated and the unvaccinated we find a division in the love one has for another. Love transcends the issues and embraces the brother or sister no matter what.

During the great plague that took much of Europe, many believers stood by the bedside of those who suffered. They forsook self and chose to love. It is the standard by which a Christian is judged in this world. How strong is your faith?

James 2:18  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

The end result of a built faith is brotherly love and charity. 2 Peter 1: 8  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

If you say you love God and have faith, prove it in the world. 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?

1 Peter 1:22  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

John 13:35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook