KEEP YOURSELVES IN THE LOVE OF GOD
Jesse M. Hendley
In the Book of Jude, verse 21, we read, "Keep
yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy
of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."
Jude is writing about the apostasy of the last days.
He tells us that Jesus is coming again to this world.
He speaks of Enoch, the seventh from Adam, who
prophesied that the Lord was coming with ten thousand
of His saints to execute judgment upon the ungodly. He
said, "For you who really are saved, in the light of
the coming of the Lord, in the light of the great
apostasy, in the light of the coming judgment when
Jesus comes again, KEEP YOURSELVES IN THE LOVE OF GOD,
looking for the mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ unto
For years I have been mulling over in my mind, "What
does the Lord MEAN by, 'Keep yourselves in the love of
God'?" What does it mean for me to keep myself in the
love of God?
Obviously, it does not mean for me to keep God loving
me. For God is love and nothing changes that. There is
nothing that can keep God from loving me and loving
you. God is love, and everything that He does is in
love. So it does not mean to keep God loving you.
Well, what does it mean for me to keep myself as a
Christian in the love of God?
Beloved friends, let me explain it this way. Salvation
is basically a love affair between God and you. Did
you hear what I said? That is what our Lord is trying
to teach us, all through this Word of God. Salvation
is basically a love affair between two people, God and
you. This is the FIRST relationship, that comes before
any other relationship such as husband and wife,
parent and child, or any other relationship. Just God
and myself. Just God and you. That's all. This is the
FIRST relationship. No one else can enter it. Three's
a crowd here. If we are to be saved, we've got to fall
in love with God. Heaven is a place of love. God is a
God of lov ...
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