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.

“Mercy,” what a wonderful word. Mercy is simply God withholding what we deserve. Grace on the other hand, is God giving us what we do not deserve.

There are a great many of folks who believe they deserve God’s grace and do not care for mercy because they do not need it. Most think they are pretty good people and that God loves everyone to the point of forgiving and forgetting sins, regardless.  

The bible tells us the wages of sin is death in Romans 6:23. The soul that sinneth it shall die in Ezekiel 18:20  “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

The bible also tells us we were all born in sin, have a sin nature and are destined to die.

Romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Face it, no one is worthy enough to be in a sinless heaven; no one is worthy enough to be saved, no one.

As a lost person, the only recourse you can ever take is to cast yourself upon the mercy of God and the grace of God to be saved.

Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Titus 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

That Mercy, that Grace, is in and of Jesus Christ and Him alone.

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:

1 Peter 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

There you have it, every believer in Christ Jesus has God’s mercy and grace. In that capacity, in that security and in that salvation, we look for the mercy of God unto eternal life.

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.

In other words, we look forward to the everlasting mercy of God to everlasting life. We as believers in Christ Jesus have a great future awaiting us because God’s mercy endures forever. We don’t look for mercy hoping to get mercy, no, we look forward to experiencing the full value of mercy already given to us.

The bible teaches us that God’s mercy endures forever and we as believers in Christ Jesus are recipients of that everlasting mercy. Ergo, we look for that unto eternal life. It is ours to experience for ever.

Let me encourage you to read Psalm 136. Every verse in that Psalm speaks of God’s enduring mercy.

My Christian believer, you have a wonderful future waiting for you, look for it, expect it.

If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, you can have God’s mercy and God’s grace by turning from sin and self; cast yourself upon the mercy and grace of God and trust Jesus to save your soul. He will save you.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook