2 john Jul 23, 2019 11:18:06 GMT -5
Post by fearnot on Jul 23, 2019 11:18:06 GMT -5
John starts with a greeting to a lady and her children.....and really all who know the truth....
"that abides in us and will be with us forever"
We are so in need of true truth today and most are so far away from it and sliding so fast away from it, it seems hopeless.
However, the truth remains and will 'forever' so hope is not really lost!!
This reminds me of a guest pastor J. D. Farag had on yesterday. He was talking about how Christians today are full of fear of sharing their faith. He mentioned it is rare we talk to someone and they immediately fall to their knees and except the Lord and are saved.
So most figure they don't even need to try because that is not going to happen....but showing every person you meet or see each day, love ( even a smile to a stranger....baby steps if necessary....they are a start and a beginning).
And Pastor Farag mentioned that now when people ask: How are you doing?
Instead of saying: OK
He now says: I am blessed
That really caught my attention....it is a small way of speaking the TRUTH....we are 'blessed".
We also have as John says in his greeting: "Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us"
Walking in Truth and Love
As it turns out John encourages her to walk in truth and love.
Then however he talks about deceivers and it seems totally unloving when he says, don't invite them in.
The problem is when we allow things and people who are deceived and deceive others into our home, we may not realize the danger.
We may even think by showing them love we can evangelize them.
However we are to be kind, and give them the gospel, but we are not called to be best friends with the unbeliever.
What happens almost always is it is we who have to compromise....listen to them swear, tell off color jokes, make allowances for their sins....that they are not sorry about but rather DEMAND as their right etc etc etc.
And we seldom actually get to talk to God and the Bible to them but slowly their poison begins to seep into our family.
We can love them, give them the gospel, pray for them, but we have to put God first....not compromise thinking we are doing some good for them and God.
In fact it does them no good when we take part in their wicked ways.
Hopefully you or Cindy will choose the next book before I get here tomorrow. :-)