Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, May 25, 2020

Theme: COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF JUDE

Text:  “I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” – Jude 5.

Comment: Some people misunderstand the grace of God by which he forgives repentant sinners in that they use it as an excuse for immoral living. They believe that God will look on their other good works in His service and forgive their transgressions.  But this is wrong.  We should do all righteousness, as John the Baptist stated. (Matthew 3:15; James 2:10) We should not do good and mix it with bad conduct.  Hence, St. Jude in his blistering attack on backsliders reminds us of how God did not spare the Jews when they sinned though He had manifested His great power to them in saving them from the Egyptians.  Some worshippers, Whom God had delivered from danger or from one trouble or the other soon forget themselves and become careless in regard to their services to God. God will also not spare them, because to whom much is given, much is expected. (Luke 12:47, 48) St. Paul warned: “Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.”  – 1 Corinthians 10:6-9.

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