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We are almost done with the reading plan!

Because it’s Cinco de Mayo today, notice that my mug is in Spanish!

Translated it says “Love never fails”. Remember reading that back in 1 Corinthians 13:8?

So, I know we are deep into Revelation but I want to acknowledge that we breezed through the three letters from John and Jude.

Jude is short but packed with good stuff!

I particularly liked being reminded how we need to “contend earnestly for the faith” (vs. 3).

One verse really made me ponder, “And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 22-23).

I never noticed those words “making a distinction”.  As Christians we are to be able to critically think on what the best approach is when witnessing to others. With some we may use friendship, and long term investment to gently guide the other in the right direction. With the others, we may not have the time to share the gospel over time or hanging out with that person could have a negative effect on oneself.  When my kids were in a public high school, I would use this analogy. “Picture yourself as a can of white paint, your friend a can of black paint. It is way easier for your friend to turn you grey than for you to turn your friend white, so watch out!

In this letter, Jude isn’t letting the Christian off the hook as to sharing the gospel. Rather he is instructing these Christians to consider their approach. Make the distinction on what approach is appropriate and then share the good news.

If you are wondering how to know what approach to take, go one verse back, to see what Jude says, “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.”

There you have it! You will be able to make a distinction on how to share the gospel, as long as you keep abiding in the faith, pray, and keep the end goal in mind!

So simple! 😉

Well, enjoy your last week of the reading plan.

And enjoy the rest of Revelation!

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You did it!!!

You got through the whole New Testament in 4 ½ months!! Congratulations!  Now, don’t lose the good habit you developed of reading every day.  Get into a new plan! I plan on reading Psalms and Proverbs


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