2 John 1:4-13
Walking in Truth and Love
4 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.
12 Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face,
so that our joy may be complete.
13 The children of your elect sister greet you. 
Since 2 John is so short, we will cover this in two days,
so here is day 2. I love John’s Epistles, they are short and to the point. There is a lot to be said about “walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father." We are not only commanded to talk the talk, but to walk
the walk. We are to be actively living our faith. I find that too often in the Lutheran Church, we talk the talk, but are complacent in walking the walk. John says “you should walk in it.” John also warns us to “watch
yourselves” against the antichrist who is trying to derail your walk with the Lord. Part of the warning is found in his statement: “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.” How do we know what this teaching is unless we go to church and study God’s Word. It is convenient to not read it and to not know how we are to walk, which leaves us walking how
we want to walk instead of walking in God’s. This is one of the reasons that I write this blog site is to bring God’s Word to you on a daily basis.
I pray: O Lord, help me to hunger for your Word and your ways.
I know I fall short, but like King David, I ask to “renew a right spirit in me.” I repent of my sins, “restore the joy of my salvation.” Amen.