Jude 1:1-2 “Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.“
We are a homeschooling family. One of the hardest subjects thus far (for both my wife and kids) has been math. I personally don't recall struggling with math when I was growing up. I didn't excelled at it either though and never desired to reach those higher levels.
Other than basic counting and addition, multiplication comes in as one of the simplest mathematical practices. It is one of those qualities that has a unique ability to increase whatever is being multiplied very rapidly. If I gave my son five gummy bears for his treat, he would probably desire more but would be thankful to have that many. If I told him I would multiply his five bears by eight, he would be over-joyed at his handful of forty. If he asked my why I did such a thing, and I told him that I just wanted to show him how to multiply; he would soon fall deeply in love with the mathematical practice of multiplication.
Jude's above prayer is intended for anyone who was called into the fold, beloved of God, and kept for Jesus Christ. Does that describe you? Was there a time in your life when the love of God found you wallowing in your sin? Did Jesus Christ trudge through the sludge and rescue you to be his very own? Then this multiplication fact will be very sweet to you this morning. Jude asks the Father to multiply to you mercy, peace, and love. Did you wake this morning feeling like you only were holding five bits of mercy, peace, and love? May you be enabled to see that he has increased the quantity of your five bits. You possess an entire handful of mercy, peace, and love because of Jude's faithful Father in heaven who hears and answers prayer.