The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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09/05/2017

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Helping To Keep Others In God's Love


"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 22-23).

Tuesday is trash day in our township, so before I started writing this morning, the trash got wheeled out to the curb. Hopefully we have gotten rid of stuff we didn't need so that our home will be a bit cleaner. Our brothers and sisters in the Lord, even if they make mistakes, should not be put out on the curb like trash...Just as we are not left out on a limb by the Lord, having both His Word and the Holy Spirit to guide us, lets take a look at our brothers and sisters around us. Because one is weak and because he or she might have been carried away by sin or false teaching, does not mean they should be rejected or forgotten by Christians. Verse 22 of Jude is quite succinct when it says "be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them..." The faithful are to have mercy on those who are doubting. There's a litany of reasons why someone pulls away from the teachings of the Lord. Perhaps they are young in the faith and unsettled in what what they ought to believe and how they ought to act. Jude's brother James has given wonderful advice about this... "My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his ways will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins" (5:19-20). There may not be any clearer illustration of "hating the sin but loving the sinner" than those found in today's two (2) verses. When one sees a brother or sister stumbling into sin or error, we should do all within our power to reclaim that person. The Christian community should never be in the business of kicking folks out to the curb. We should never abandon a wavering soul, because we want to keep them within God's love. As an additional reminder of this, a brother of mine turned me to Jesus' words in this verse; "Just as the Father has loved me, I have loved you; abide in My love" (Jn.15:9).

Have a wonderful day.... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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