This post is Day 3 in a series of studies about “Jude”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Jude – Day 3

Jude 2

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

The Thought

What a short verse this is, but what a heartfelt blessing. A pleasant way to open a letter.

Especially to a church group. Let’s think today about what each of those words mean.

The Greek word “eleeo” is used for “mercy” and Jesus excelled in both showing mercy to thousands who called on Him, and taking pity on many who were diseased or handicapped. So must we.

Jesus said “blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7). That’s an encouragement to us to be merciful and show compassion to those less fortunate than ourselves.

If we fulfil Jesus’ calling on our lives, the result will be that the Peace of God which passes all understanding will keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

The way to be at peace, first with ourselves and consequently with others, is to obey what Jesus told us to do.

The third thing Jude prayed for for his readers was “love”. Whole books have been written about this subject, so here is just a reminder of what Biblical love is.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13).

John, the “beloved disciple” puts it in a nutshell for us.

Action

We could do worse than pray today’s verse for our loved ones, and for many with whom we come into contact, whether we know them or not. The cashier at the supermarket, the passengers in the same train, bus or traffic jam, in the place we eat…

Do that today. Pray it for yourself, that Mercy, Peace and Love be yours today and may these things bring to the surface, for each one of us, any wrong attitudes we have towards others, so that we can be forgiven.

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