Saturday, May 29, 2010

Be Kind with Great Caution

When there are some who have doubts reassure them; when there are some to be saved from the fire, pull them out; but there are others to whom you must be kind with great caution, keeping your distance even from outside clothing which is contaminated by vice.

Jude is writing to early Jewish Christians, encouraging them in their faith.  He is specifically reminding believers to remember what the Apostles of Jesus taught.

I find it interesting that Jude encourages cautious outreach to those struggling in faith.  “Be kind with caution” almost seems a contradiction of terms.  Yet, there is wisdom here.  Sometimes when stepping into the mud to help a brother, the mud can stick.

My greatest act of caution is to keep my wife in the loop.  She has a wisdom that can warn me of dangers I don’t always see.

Lord Jesus, guide me when I am pulling some out from the fire that I don’t get burnt myself.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

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