Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Reconcilers are people who, without a hint of condemnation, rescue their friends, men and women, boys and girls who are being tormented and corrupted by the flesh, and who are covering up and hiding. They’re like Jesus to them. They look past the cover up, deeper than the blurry façade, and they see clearly because they see people by faith in Christ’s cross and resurrection. They’re well acquainted with the temptation to hide, so they assist each other toward Christ’s new creation where safety and authenticity await. Wouldn’t it be great to have a whole gang full of them? That’s what Jude envisioned.
"But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. 21 Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. 24 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen." (Jude 20-25)