~Jude 20-23 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (20) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (21) And of some have compassion, making a difference: (22)
Weariness does not occur overnight. It is a compilation of day-to-day hardships and stresses that grow from a little to almost overwhelming us.
Jude encourages us to build ourselves in our faith praying in the Holy Spirit. Many times we think we know God’s will but we do not pray seeking His will. Jude assures us that our faith will be built as we pray in the Spirit seeking the will of the Father. This isn’t some “cosmic” experience. Since the believer has the Holy Spirit residing within him, the believer must be sensitive to God’s direction as He leads us. Bible reading, praying, studying the word of God are all ways that the Spirit uses to communicate. This is a simple and basic example but it makes a point: Let’s say you’re praying for God to provide you with a Cadillac. God knows you need a car. So the Holy Spirit communicates to the Father exactly what you really do need. So the Father provides you with a car that’s more in line with your finances 🙂 I know it’s simple but it conveys how the Holy Spirit intercedes for us to our Heavenly Father.
God’s love came to us with great mercy. We do not deserve His love but He gives it to us freely. As much as we are sinners, God loves us despite of this and offered His Son. (Romans 5:8) Could you do that for someone you did not even know? More importantly, could you do that for someone you did not even like? Mercy is love in action and, therefore, if we have mercy on the unlovable, we keep ourselves in the center of God’s love. (Matthew 25:40)
It is one thing to have compassion for someone, but when that compassion has feet attached to it, it becomes compassion that makes a difference. You can see someone who needs help and feel compassion. However, Jude says to have compassion which makes a difference in someone’s life – which means when you see someone in need of help, you are the one that helps.
As a result of working with these building blocks, the believer is concentrating on someone else. The weary believer now has his eyes on another and not on himself. What a wonderful balm to place on a weary heart!
The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!