As much as it is important to contend with those who would attack the faith, we must care for those who have been affected by these attacks.
So Jude tells us first of all to be merciful to those who doubt. (22)
It would be easy to put down or insult people that are starting to have doubts, but we are to reach out to them, speaking the truth in love, and praying that God would open their eyes. (Ephesians 4:15)
We are also to snatch others from the fire and to save them. Some people are headed right into the fire by falling in with false teachers, and they don’t even know it. They think that these are legitimate teachers.
So Jude tells us, “Don’t let them just fall into the fire. Pull them out of there. Warn them of the danger they’re heading into.” (23)
And to those who have fallen captive to these false teachings, we are to show mercy and compassion for them. Even for the false teachers themselves. We are to lovingly plead that they repent and return to the God who bought them with his own blood.
But at the same time, we are to be careful that we don’t fall into the pit of sin they have fallen into. Instead, we are to hate “even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”
Sin corrupts everything that it touches. Don’t let it corrupt you.
And through all your reaching out, remember that it is by the grace of God alone that you yourself stand. That apart from him, you could be where the doubting, the deceived, and the fallen are.
So don’t look down on them. Rather, give thanks to God as Jude did.
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore. Amen. (24-25)