William Burkitt Notes and Observations - Jude 1:22 - 1:22

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William Burkitt Notes and Observations - Jude 1:22 - 1:22


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In these words our apostle directs them how to carry and behave themselves toward those who were seduced, in order to their recovery, namely, after a different manner.

1. He advises to Christian lenity and gentleness, to compassion and tenderness towards some: Of some have compassion.

Learn thence, that though reproofs are to be given to backsliders, yet must they be given in compassion, and with holy grief. Our words must have bowels in them, and proceed not from passion, but from pity.

2. For those that are more entangled, corrupted, and hardened in their errors, he advises that they endeavour to save them with fear; that is, terrify them with the fear of God's judgments and wrath, and by sharp admonitions recover them out of their errors, as Lot was snatched out of the fire of Sodom. There is a time when severity is not only useful, but absolutely necessary, yet necessity must be the mother of severity. Lenity must be first used; if that fails, severity must succeed.