Jude 1:22-23 And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Pulling here is the Greek word harpazō meaning “to carry off by force, to seize on, claim for one’s self eagerly, to snatch out or away.”
I read this verse today and it convicted me. There’s urgency here. If we are “to carry off by force,” it logically follows that we will face resistance. May God give us such an overwhelming compassion for people that we come back to this calling to plead with those falling away with groans and tears, not with judgment, anger, or condemnation–to love so deeply and so purely that we exhaust all areas of opportunity to call those around us back to holiness. To care less about our reputations than our relationships. To love as He loves.
My heart is too full to write more. God bless you guys.