“These are inveterate murmurers, grumblers, who complain of their lot in life, going after their own desires, controlled by their passions; their talk is boastful and arrogant, and they claim to admire men’s persons and pay people flattering compliments to gain advantage.” Jude 1:16 Amplified
We are nearing the end of our study on the 3:16 verses of the Bible. Jude only has one chapter, but the 16th verse seemed so appropriate for today. It’s interesting to me to think about how this verse applied to the first century church and still applies today.
I confess I had to look up the word inveterate, it means habitual. Do you know anyone who’s an habitual murmurer, grumbler or complainer? We all do. Are you that person? Ouch, that hit a little close to home. I hope not. The next sentence, I believe, explains why people are that way, going after their own desires, controlled by their passions. Passion doesn’t necessarily mean lust or romance, passion is enthusiasm or strong feeling of excitement for something or someone. What is your passion? What do you get excited about? Whatever it is, don’t let it be the primary focus in your life or you might become a murmurer, grumbler or complainer. Even if our passion is another person, they shouldn’t be number one in our life. God is always number one. I’m happy to be number two on my husband’s list, I want him to put God first.
The next part of the verse says that these people are boastful and arrogant, pride usually is. They’ve placed themselves in charge, but when their plans fail they murmur, complain and grumble. Whose fault is the fail? Take your plans to the Lord, seek His guidance in all you do.
Lastly, they claim to admire other people and flatter them, but it’s to gain advantage. Why do you give others compliments, think about that.
In verse 21 it says, “Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah – which will bring you unto life eternal.”