“Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.”
Verse two is the greeting and salutation to the book of Jude. Jude’s readers needed mercy, peace, and love in their dealings with apostate teachers.
Apostates caused a state of wretchedness for Jude’s readers. Mercy is God’s compassionate comfort for beleaguered believers living in misery, the consequence of sin and apostasy. It may be that some of Jude’s readers yielded to the licentiousness of apostates. Mercy is God’s grace in action for the believer.
Christians need God’s mercy, peace, and love in times of doctrinal duress and in our exceedingly sinful condition.
God blesses believers with three spiritual commodities: mercy, peace, and love. These commodities are more vital than oil or gas to our car. We need mercy:
And David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Please let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.” 2 Sa 24:14
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. La 3:23, 24
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… 1 Pe 1:3
God will not turn a deaf ear to our need for mercy. Sin affects our relationship to the Lord. When we confess our sin, God gives His mercy.