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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
Jude was the half-brother of Jesus, also known as Thaddeus. He called himself the Servant of his Brother, Jesus. Jude is often pictured with an axe because it was with an axe that he and Simon the Zealot were both martyred in Lebanon for the sake of his Master/Brother Jesus. He wrote a one-chapter book of the Bible that is powerful, but starts with these kind words … “Mercy, peace, and love is what I want you to have abundantly” (paraphrase).
Usually when you see someone coming in your direction who is suffering you can read it on their face. Their body language screams, “Can I take about three hours of your time to tell you what I’m going through?” But here’s a man who suffered greatly for the cause of Jesus. Instead of starting out with a frown or scowl or a lecture on how he had faced the traumas of this life, I can see Jude as the “Joyful Handshaker.” He was the one who, when he had a powerful thing to say—”Contend for the faith!” (v. 3), “Build yourselves up in your most holy faith” (v. 20), and “God can keep you from falling” (v. 24)—would start with a big smile as if to say, “I Have A GOOD Word For You Today.” And then he said, “Mercy, peace, and love to you, so that there is more than enough!”
I ask You this AM that You would help me not get bogged down with the cares of this life. No matter what I’m faced with, let me face others with a “Good Word” and a smile. Amen