Thursday, Third Week of Advent

“In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.”… These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends… keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
-- Jude 1:17-23

A Call to Persevere

We have fallen into sin. We get angry, stressed out, question God’s plans for us and can’t understand why such terrible things happen in our world. We are human, what can we say. Tragedies will continue to happen. People will continue to reject the Spirit and follow their own instincts and ungodly desires. Life might continue to get worse in the near future, BUT mercy and eternal life are coming to each one of us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. This gives me hope.

The Advent season reminds me of the love God showed us in the midst of our sin. Through his son He gave us the promise of eternal life. There is nothing greater.

As we go home for Christmas and see friends and family, I encourage all of us to think about the hope God gave us through the humble birth of His perfect son. Let’s make conscious decisions to be merciful to those in doubt of Christianity (maybe in light of recent tragedies), save others from eternal pain and fire, and with others show hatred for corrupted flesh, for all these were done for us.

When Christ was born, a host of angels rejoiced, and helped lead people to Him. We should do the same. The Bible states that with every changed heart there is a party in Heaven. Let’s allow God to continue to build up his Kingdom. There is no price to eternal life, but there are eternal rewards. Keep God’s love in your heart this Advent season and share Christ’s mercy with your friends and family.

--Eric Lintala ‘16