2 John: How to live in the truth

May 24th, 2007

It doesn’t take much to get caught on a slippery downwards slide. Plenty of lawyers have found this out the hard way. Firstly a problem crops up, and for some reason some money which is due to be paid to a client is delayed. Instead of taking the difficult route and trying to explain it to the client, you know that the client is an unreasonable person and will make your life miserable, so you temporarily borrow some money which belongs to another client, without telling that other client. Unfortunately, something further goes wrong, so you have to borrow money which belongs to a third client, and the spiral starts getting worse…

John’s Second Letter

1:1 From the leader, to the chosen lady and her children. I love you in truth — and so does everyone else who knows the truth — 1:2 because of the truth which lives in us and will be with us forever. 1:3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

1:4 I am delighted to have found some of your children living in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. 1:5 Now, dear lady, I ask that we love each other. This is not a new commandment which I am writing for you, but one which we have had since the beginning. 1:6 Love means that we should live according to his commandments. This is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, and you should obey it. 1:7 Many liars have emerged in the world, people who do not acknowledge that Jesus Christ came as a human. Such a person is a liar and antichrist. 1:8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for. Make sure you receive the full reward. 1:9 Anyone who goes off and does not stay with the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Anyone who stays with the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 1:10 Do not welcome or receive into your house anyone who comes to you and does not bring this teaching. 1:11 Someone who welcomes such a person shares in evil works.

1:12 I have many things to write to you, but I do not want to do so with paper and ink. I hope to visit you, and speak face to face, so that we can be really happy together. 1:13 The children of your chosen sister send you their greetings.

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  • 1. choosethecross.com ยป Lov&hellip  |  May 26th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    […] the follow-your-heart type of love tends to be something that wears off after a while. In the first chapter of his second letter, John writes about a different type of love. I am delighted to have found some of your children living in […]

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