Avoid Sin Like the Plague

September 16

 


Read Jude 1:22-23

And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

 

Reflect

How can we share the Gospel with others but still avoid sin?

 

Cross-contamination is something that we should all be familiar with these days. We are told to keep our distance in order to avoid coming into contact with someone infected with a virus. We need to have the same fear of coming into contact with sin. It’s too easy to become contaminated. Just as we would never knowingly touch the clothes of someone infected with a deadly virus, we should hate “even the garment stained by the flesh.” We should definitely distance ourselves from sin! And yet, we should never leave someone to just die in their sin.

 

You have no doubt, heard the phrase, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” Jude confirms that we should show mercy and love to nonbelievers. They may be struggling with sincere doubts and questions, or they may have rejected the Gospel thus far and are in danger of eternal fire. We need to show them mercy, grace, and compassion. We shouldn’t leave them to die. Instead, we should try to “snatch them out of the fire.”

 

Remember, if it were not for the grace of God, we would be just as they are. And yet, as believers, we have all received mercy from the Father through Jesus Christ. So, be patient with those you encounter who are struggling with doubts. Lovingly address their doubts with Scripture. Pray with them or for them. And do not give up on those who are walking on a direct path to hell. Keep pursuing them. Gently correct them. Pray fervently for them. Do not be harsh or hateful. Show them the mercy that you have also been shown.

 

But Jude reminds us to not get so comfortable showing mercy to sinners that we get complacent with sin. Sin is not something to mess with. Show mercy with a healthy fear of sin. After all, sin is contagious.

 

Pray

Lord, thank you for showing me mercy. Help me extend the same mercy and grace to others but protect me and keep me from sin. Amen.


~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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@Kathy - We are so glad you have been able to use goTandem in your daily walk with God! I am praying with you for your co-workers.
Holy Spirit, inspire me in the way that I should speak with those whose path lead to destruction. Help me to be non-judgmental, but show me how to carry Your message to those who need to hear it.
I was blessed by your analogy. I appreciate the insight that was she'd.
Thanks for this devotional today.
My prayer daily is that the Lord will keep me from sin and protect me always. I pray for people all over the world that is exposed , sin is contagious. Jesus is our way out, thank God.
1)Have mercy on those who doubt; 2)save others by snatching them out of the fire, 3)others s show mercy with fear, 4)hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
God thank you for mercy
Love it and needed it! I am surrounded by peers who practice non Christian ways. Some of which I am very close to. They all know I am Christian and love and adore Jesus Christ but it can be very challenging and unfulfilling to be around all the time. Sometimes I wonder if I should stay clear from them . Other times I pray that my way of living can shine some light. I get discouraged at times but never give up on shinning the light of Christ. I know I fail at all I should do and say and pray and that is why I now invest my time on this app with reminders and teachings and wisdom of the bible. Thank you Jesus Thank you God and thank you for all who put this app together! In Jesus name AMEN
Amen ✝️🙏
Help me to remember that I am to be a help to others who are lost or need more help.
Very helpful. Thank you Lord for showing us mercy in the name of Jesus Christ Amen. Love ❣️ you.
It was helpful
I pray that the good God Almighty help me to be bold enough to snatch dying Souls from fire in Christ Jesus name amen
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE TEACH US O KEEP AWAY FROM SIN ;TEACH US LESSONS;THANKYOUJESUS*WE NEED YOUR HELP ALWAYS@
You are right. It is difficult. When I do marriage counseling, it's always best to have both people "on board." Without that commitment, sustainable change is difficult. But what I encourage people to do is 1) pray 2) work on yourself. This sounds overly simplified, but we find it in Scripture. Only God can change a heart. So pray and let God transform you. If you want to interact more specifically, we can. Please let me know.
Heavenly Father help me show others the same Mercy shown to me. Help me to correct gently and pray with and for others in doubt fervently. Let me stay away from sin and in Your protection. I pray this prayer in Your Son, Jesus name, Amen.
Thank you
I needed this one today!
Wonderful teaching
Thank you for the devotional and thank God for giving us another beautiful day
Thank u so much for this i have very close family .embers that r on the wrong path n I pray for them but ive been getting real aggravated this reminds me to b patient n even more loving God Bless u all
Amen🙏 ! Lord, thank You for my salvation. Your love, mercy, grace and compassion has rescued me from hell and given me eternal life. "It is not Your will that any should perish", Please help/empower me to "snatch" unbelievers from eternal fire by sharing the "good news of the gospel". Protect and and keep me from sinning as I witness for You.
This is very difficult when you are married and one is trying to get out of a life of sin but the other is not. What then???
Amen
This is a really important part of walking as a believer in Jesus. Loving the sinner but hating the sin is very difficult since sin scares people and make them selfish and often unkind. Only by the direction of the Holy Spirit can we love them. Then by more grace not become like them. The act of truly loving like Jesus takes a close relationship with him. Alone we either stay away and not witness or get to close and become as they are. Lord Jesus stay by and in us to protect, strengthen and love others. Amen
The devotional aptly warns every believer to be aware of the danger hidden in their efforts to pull out someone who is in the sin-pit. It may possible that instead you pulling out someone you are pulled in. Thank you it is thoughtful.