2013-05-12 - Loving in Truth
2 John ~ Part 2
We can't minister effectively within the community, if our perspective isn't properly balanced. We are to love, and to love in truth.
John isn't the only one concerned with this issue. Jesus expressed a similar thrust in His letter when He said ?
"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, and walks among the seven golden lampstands: I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God." (Revelation 2:1-7)
Let us restore the purpose of the church. We are called to make disciples. We are called to hold firm to truth. And we are to do all this in dependence on the Holy Spirit, in obedience to God's commands to love Him and love one another.
Next time, we will see that doing this doesn't mean being a doormat to the demands of others who have no concept about real biblical love.
"Love is the foundation of all obedience. Without it, morality degenerates into mere casuistry. Love is the foundation of all knowledge. Without it, religion degenerates into a chattering about Moses and doctrines and theories - a thing that will neither kill nor make alive, that never gave life to a single soul or blessing to a single heart, and never put strength into any hand, in the conflict and strife of daily life.
To be continued.
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