So – are you wondering if I will ever move on? I am almost done – just stick with me for a little longer.
As, I am sure you remember, we are responding to Jesus’ words
Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. ~ Matthew 7:15-16
by digging through the little book of Jude to find some of the fruit that would identify such a tree – well in all reality we are letting the mirror of the Word give us a peak into our own hearts.
If you came here to load up with ammo to throw at your least favorite prophet, you will have to do some plank removal first.
Anyway – Let’s hear from Bro. Jude:
These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. ~ Jude 19
One of the Lord’s core values is community. He went to considerable lengths to break down the formidable wall of sin keeping us out of communion with the Father. If we are to walk with the mind of Christ, this (community) must become one of our core values as well.
When words are used to insert a wedge between brothers, beware! When a message, a teaching, a word of prophecy makes you distrust others who are in Christ, or suspect their intentions, it would be a good time to step back and take it before the Lord.
Check your motives here too. Were you looking for a reason to divide? Looking for an exit strategy? Another one of the Lord’s core values is faithfulness.
Just as Jesus remained faithful to the Father, even when that faithfulness was going to cost Him a visit to the horrible and wonderful cross, so His hope is to find a willingness in us to bear reproach and insult if necessary, to maintain or restore relationship. (please see disclaimer)
God crucified Jesus – He let the Truth spend some time in the grave – in order to restore relationship!
What would you do?
Would you leave your gift at the altar, and go repair a broken friendship before going back to worship?
Beware of words that divide, and God forbid that we should use our own words to maim the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t allow your words to be the spear piercing the side of the Body of Christ. [Tweet This] Don’t use the “sword of the Spirit,” His own word, to tear His body to pieces.
Tomorrow we will look at how Jude tells us we should use our words. I think you will like it.
See you tomorrow
--Disclaimer - I am not talking about abuse here - please hear me, I am not suggesting we door matt our way through life as physical or verbal punching bags, there by empowering some creep - got it? Good!