Jude 1–2 (ESV)
1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James,
To those who are called, beloved in God the Father
and kept for Jesus Christ:
2 May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
Jude who? Early historians recorded that James and Jude were sons of Mary and Joseph,
and half brothers of Jesus. So this is a clue as to who wrote this letter. Despite the stumbling faith of Jude’s readers, he begins with comfort and encouragement. He greets the whole congregation as God’s chosen people, even though false
teachers exist among them. Today, view and address your congregation as godly and beloved, even if troubled by divisions or false teachers. For the Lord has called them by the Gospel.
I pray: Lord, grant our congregations abundant
mercy and peace; strengthen their service. Amen.