Hey folks, can you help me understand Jude 1:21?
“Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto life everlasting.”
I’m not sure what “keep yourselves in the love of God” means. Does it mean that we have to “stay awake” and do everything we can so we love God consistently and don’t become jaded? Or does it mean that we can lose God’s love, perhaps by sinning or neglecting to do good?
I tend to think the meaning is ambiguous, unless you can present a convincing argument for a specific interpretation.
After all, it’s not inconceivable that God doesn’t love somebody:
“The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man” (Psalm 5:5-6).