Mercy. Mercy. Mercy. (Jude 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." - Jude 22-23

I'm a person who has never really had much doubt about my faith in the Lord. I've seen the Lord do enough amazing things in my life and the lives of others its difficult for me to imagine having much doubt. But I know there are other people who are not at all this way, they struggle through every day wondering if what they believe is true. And having mercy for them is difficult as one who cannot relate.

Snatching others out of the fire? I was there once when a friend of mine left the mormon church to accept Christ (for real). That might have counted except I had little to do with her decision, I was just there for her when she made it. I'd like to think that was partially snatching her out of the fire but its difficult for me to know how well she's walking with the Lord today.

Finally this last section, about hating the garment. . . . All Bill Clinton references aside (which I remember laughing about during that whole debacle), this is something we as believers need to become better about. Showing mercy with fear. That is, having mercy on those who have sinned but hating even the things that have been defiled by their sin.

This verse says mercy for those who doubt. Mercy by snatching those out of the fire, and mercy for sinners (coupled with fear).

Mercy. Mercy. Mercy.

I'm terrible at mercy. I have a very difficult time identifying with people and helping them know I'm tuned into their situation, so what do I do? I lay hands on them and pray for them. Even if I cant related I can at least pray, and this is how I best know how to show mercy.

Lord please comfort those who doubt, remind them of the amazing ways you've worked in their lives and those lives around them. Help us to save those who are fallen into the fire, and help us to know how to truly love sinners (of which we are ourselves) and hate their sin.