“…urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.”
Jude urges those he writes to “contend for the faith…” How do you contend without being contentious? Over what things should you be contentious?
The “faith” was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. It is not a ‘fluid’ set of doctrines which shift with shifting times. Christianity is not a great “experiment” but a faith resting on the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Believers need an “urging” from their leaders to take their stand. Jude had planned on writing a “positive” note about a “common salvation” but the urgency of hour demanded attention.
In this day and age of “tolerance,” believers need wisdom from God in “picking their battles.” Not everything is worth fighting for, but to never contend, to never “take a stand” for fear of offence leaves one open to anything.
May God grant us the grace to the “content” in the right areas, and rightly “contentious” in others!