16 These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage (Jude).
What true believer is willing to suffer the company of such people as these: constant complainers, belittling critics, lustful whoremongers, arrogant boasters, and flattering opportunists? Such are the “tares” in the church Jude continues to describe here.
How is it even possible for such wicked people to creep into a Christian fellowship unnoticed (verse 4)? It just goes to show how evil on the inside can be hidden on the outside. Amazing. Yet, such deception is only by degree—for every one of us does the same thing. Yes, even the most spiritual among us have sins and evils lurking within, which we keep hidden from the rest. If people only knew some of the things we really thought ….
Lord, thank You for knowing us better than anyone else does—and yet still loving us anyway. Help us This Day to put away sinful thoughts and deeds and to don the robe of righteousness. Amen.