2 John 4–11 (ESV)
Walking in Truth and Love
I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5 And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we
love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess
the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ,
does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
As a Christian, it is easy to talk the talk, but the real measure comes in the walk. John writes “And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard
from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.” Many Lutherans will say, whoa baby! We are save by grace through faith, not by works. This is true, but John is telling us to walk the walk too! John states: “8 Watch yourselves,
so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.” Our walk proves our confession. We do not earn it, but our works do validate our faith. We will see this in Ephesians 2:8-10.
Ephesians 2:8–10 (ESV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
I pray: O Lord, I do confess with my mouth and my heart that you are my Lord and Savior. Help
my hands and feet confess too! Amen.