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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Keeping Yourself In God's Love

"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" (Jude 20-21).

When there is someone in your life whom you love beyond description, you do everything humanly possible to keep yourself in their love. From the way you speak to the actions you perform, you say and do things to remind them of the depths of your love. Even more importunately, you remind them of the spiritual aspects of your life that bind you together. With this said, Christians have a responsibility for their own spiritual well-being, and Jude reminds his readers that they were to be about the business of building themselves up... This in no way means that God left us to our own devices out on an island with no help when we became Christians... The constant source of spiritual nourishment for the congregation of God's people is clothed in the most holy faith that is spoken and written about by the apostles of Christ.... As Jude's letter draws to a close, the importance of the Christian undertaking is stressed. As it is with our lives today, their resistance to false teaching and their perseverance in the apostolic faith would determine the outcome of their faith, and the end of their hope...Do you remember the words of verse three (3)? "Dear friends, although I was eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints." You see, neither the kingdom of God nor the most holy faith can be spoken of without the other. Just as it is with that special person you love in your life, just words or deeds cannot stand by themselves. That love is a total package that involves words and actions accompanied by the powerful faith that you share. It is about that faith you have in one another, enjoined by your common faith in the Lord.... We must keep ourselves in God's love....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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