2 John 1
1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.
It is encouraging and even exciting to reconnect with those who were once strangers to the love and grace of Jesus and, since meeting Him, have remained faithful. John, the beloved of Jesus, expresses his joy as he finds such individuals still faithful and in relationships with God.
The Apostle emphasizes God’s command, “…that we love one another” (v. 5 NIV). He then defines love as walking “in obedience to His commands … and His command is that we walk in love” (v.6 NIV). In this double emphasis, John leaves no doubt that God wants us to genuinely love each other. He continues to give very direct counsel about not keeping company with those who do not follow the teaching of Christ, to the extent of not even welcoming them into our home.
Here John warns against the danger of intentional fellowship with those who wish to unsettle our faith, belief, and relationship with Jesus. These days this is an alarming trend, even in the household of faith.
As we continue in our daily activities today, filled with texts, tweets, blogs, and emails, let us strive to keep our conversations and communications Christ-motivated, and so keep our joy complete.
Director, General Conference Department of Health Ministries