Read: 2John 1:1 – 3John 1:14
I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. 2John 1:5
The Apostle John writes and encourages the churches and the people to be full of love and hospitality, while being discerning about false teaching.
At the end of the day, this Christian movement is about love. God’s love for us, Christ’s love expressing itself through the cross, the Holy Spirit’s love being poured into our hearts, and of course our love for one another and the people around us.
Jesus gave us a new command in John 13:34. He said to love one another. Paul hits this point home in 1 Corinthians 13. This is the single greatest distinctive of Christian community and the Christian life. Love!!!
Jesus also said that we would be known by the fruit of our lives. Love and humility are two distinctive fruits that are easy to see, and are wonderfully winsome.
So often, Christians get full of themselves and justify hating others, even other Christians, in the name of Jesus and theological correctness. I think Jesus would say that’s got to stop… that’s not my movement… that’s not my Church…
At the same time, John emphasizes the importance of sound teaching. In other words, it’s important to hold to the truth of Jesus’ teaching and not get led astray or even give platform to false teachers. There are plenty of those in our day, just as in John’s, and knowing the basic fundamentals of the faith is so important.
John wrote in John 1 that Jesus “came from the Father full of grace and truth” and both are vital to following Him. So how is your grace/love level? And how is your truth level? Your understanding of basic Christian theology? Typically we lean in one direction or the other, but as followers of Jesus we are called to live in the fullness of both.
So don’t be a hater, but don’t be ignorant of Jesus’ teaching either. Grace and Truth are the way of Love.
Jesus help me to love people well, and help me to lean in and learn your truth. Teach me to live in the fullness of both. In Jesus name, amen.