Intro: Yesterday, our three-month-old granddaughter, Amana, came to spend the day with Grammy and Papa John while her daddy and momma worked. It was so much fun! John and I laughed and laughed at her immeasurable “cuteness.” We have such love for her; what a gift from God she is and what a great blessing to be able to share divine love with her.
We all need to receive and give the virtuous love of God; sharing the love God brings into human hearts is a huge privilege. Divine love is transforming and healing for the soul; exactly what people need. Jesus was critical of the religious leaders around him, because of their failure to genuinely love people; Jesus knew sacrificial and unconditional love revealed an authentic experience with God.
Let’s face it, without God’s life and love flowing through his people, ministry may offer the world something with very little value. Therefore, we must remain connected to the Vine in an enduring relationship of love and witness to the Truth of God’s love with those around us each day. Jesus said, “When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. (John 15:10).
In our passage today, John reminds Christ’s disciples (past/present/future) of the importance of living in both the Truth and Love. He warns every disciple about veering from the Truth, because heresy about Christ was prevalent then and still is today. Love must be our compass and, “Love means doing what God has commanded…to love one another” (v.6). It is love that binds the children of God, together in harmony. When we choose to stand in both Truth and Love, we reveal ourselves as Father God’s children—these are the basics of Christian life. If we stand only in love, we will find ourselves in heresy. If we stand only in Truth, we will find ourselves in legalism. Paul teaches the followers of Christ something similar: we are to speak the Truth in Love so we can all grow as a Body to the maturity of Christ our Head (Eph 4:15).
2 John 1:4-10 NLT Live in the Truth
4 How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.
5 I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. 6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.
7 I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. 9 Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.
Prayer: Lord, please give your children who are called by your name a full measure of your love, today. We want to become mature in your love. Holy Spirit, help us to live the Truth, so we can actually witness to the Truth we know from experience. In Jesus’ name. Amen.