Jude is Jesus’ half brother. He got right to the point in this brief letter. People in the church were rejecting authority and self-absorbed. False teachers were leading the people astray. Jude wanted to encourage Christians to stand firm in the faith and fight for the truth. Jude’s declaration was to stand strong and let God’s goodness in your life be the prevailing story of encouragement to others.
There is a vital relationship between love and truth. There are truth people and there are love people. Then there are people who, like Jesus, are both. 1 John focuses on authentic connection with God and others. 2 John focuses on guarding those connections by protecting the truth from the basis of love.
Friendship is a powerful force in our lives. When you think of your best friend you think of somebody who you have shared meaningful time with. The reality is the best portion of our lives will be seemingly insignificant moments smiling with people who matter to us. Through friendship God invites us to know him and to make him known. John carries a wonderful revelation of friendship with God because he was arguably Jesus’ closest friend.
If you look closely you’ll see that Philemon, Paul’s shortest letter, reveals Transformation and Forgiveness.Slavery existed in Biblical times and here we find Paul asking Philemon to forgive Onesimus a slave who had run away. Not only was he asking him to forgive him but to receive him not as a slave but as a brother in Christ and release him to the work of the Gospel back with Paul.
Paul’s letter to Titus is a message to awaken flourishing lives resulting from right living through careful attention to theological truth. False teachers and immature Christians embracing divisive ideas were a threat to the church. Paul directed Titus establish group of faithful elders to oversee doctrinal purity and bring clear instruction about healthy conduct of believers.