Jude’s Advice to Promote Godliness
In Jude’s letter, he warns Jesus’ followers to be on the alert for ungodly people in the church.
After detailing their characteristics, Jude tucks in a bit of advice at the end of his letter. Implicitly, it is his recommendations on how followers of Jesus can avoid being ungodly, offering three prescriptions to promote godliness:
- Build up your faith.
- Pray in the Holy Spirit.
- Remain in God’s love.
These, then, are three essentials that we are to actively pursue: faith, prayer, and love.Three essentials that we are to actively pursue: faith, prayer, and love. Click To Tweet
Although some items on Jude’s list of ungodly behaviors may be far removed from us, other aspects might be quite close, such as speaking against things we don’t understand and being divisive. What about grumbling and finding fault? For those who follow Jesus, these are apparently all forms of ungodliness.
However, we can do much to avoid these errors as we actively seek to build up our faith, pray with the Holy Spirit’s power, and abide in the love of God.
By following Jude’s advice, we can avoid the error of ungodliness.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.