For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. (Jude 1:4)
Jude warns about “ungodly people” who have secretly slipped in among us. This is a heavy topic and one that truly requires vigilance.
Matthew Henry defines “ungodly people” as “enemies of the faith of Christ and the peace of the church. Those who deny or corrupt the one, and disturb the other.” Without the “ungodly people” who slipped in among us we might have truth with peace.
Ungodly people raise scruples, merely to advance and promote their own selfish, ambitious, and covetous ends.
We know that we are not to judge someone as “ungodly”, but what should we do when we come across someone who meets the definition? We’ll read more about the ungodly who creep in to our lives coming up in the next few verses of Jude, but let’s start with knowing what to do when they cross our path.
- Hold your ground and stay on course. Remember what Jeremiah said? Stand at the crossroads and look and stay on the ancient path.
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)
- Show grace but guard your heart. Jesus was surrounded by ungodly people. His own disciples betrayed Him and denied even knowing Him. And in response He washed their feet. Ever Christian has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and still Jesus died for our salvation. Guard your heart, guard your loved ones, and watch out for those around you. Listen to your gut, trust yourself- if something seems wrong it probably is.
- Fight for your faith. Stay strong, stay on course, and let God finish the good work that He has started in you.
- Whisper His name and fix your eyes on Jesus. From Jesus Calling, “Whenever you feel distant from Me whisper My Name in loving trust. This simple prayer can restore your awareness of My Presence. My name is constantly abused in the world, where people use it as a curse word. This verbal assault reaches all the way to heaven. When you trustingly whisper My Name, My aching ears are soothed. The grating of the world’s blasphemies cannot compete with a thirsty child’s utterance “Jesus”. The power of My Name holds blessing.”