The month of February is traditionally a time to think about love, especially with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. Over these four weeks, we’re going to take a look at a book written by “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” or John as he’s otherwise known. In his gospel he refers to himself by that title and in his later writings it’s obvious the brother who once wanted to call down lightning to destroy a town, has truly learned what it means to love as Christ loves.
We’re going to study through the book of 2 John during this month. This book covers some exciting and profound truths for only being a scant 13 verses long. Let’s look at the opening verses this week and set the stage for where John is leading us.
2 John 1-3 “The elder, to the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth—because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever: grace, mercy and peace form God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.”
Love is the underlying theme throughout that entire opening and greeting that John wrote. He could either be addressing this to a particular leader of the church, or to the Church as a whole. We see two key foundational ideas about love in these verses.
First, we are to love others in truth. No matter what the relationship, love is to be grounded in truth. Real love cannot be built on a lie. John indicates that he loved the church in truth and that others also loved them in truth. How was he able to love them? The Truth, Jesus Christ (John 14:6), lives in us and is with us forever. Love is built the Truth. Anything less is not real love.
Second, grace and mercy and peace all come as a result of love. These things come from God, but it’s interesting to note that they are with each of us in truth and love. If we have love, then it will follow that we also have grace and mercy and peace. Are we lacking in any of these areas? Then, we can assume that we are lacking in love and the truth that love is built on.
As we look through the rest of this book over the next 3 weeks, realize that everything John is going to talk about is focused on love. He wants people to understand and know love. He wants love to be the foundation for everything that they do and think as love is a reflection of the Truth of Jesus Christ in our lives.
As a quick side note, I love my dear friend Amanda who, a year ago had this brilliant idea to bring the Sisters in Cahoots together. I am deeply grateful to have been asked to be a part of this wonderful group of women. I am encouraged and strengthened in Christ with every post and every interaction with all of you. Happy one year anniversary Sisters in Cahoots! I truly love all of you in Jesus Christ!Kristi Burchfiel, Christian devotional author and speaker
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