“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh” (Jude 20-23).
There are six imperatives in these verses: build, pray, keep, be merciful, snatch, and show mercy. This is the kind of text we should read and reread, meditate on, and begin to practice.
I put the emphasis on the verbs. Now let’s put the emphasis on the objects of the prepositions: most holy faith, Holy Spirit, God’s love, eternal life, those who doubt, the fire, and corrupted flesh. These are all very strong words. This is heavy!
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