Scripture reading for November 26th: 2nd John
The second letter of John was written in the later years of his life to either a specific lady and her children or to a church family. John wrote to encourage this family to continue to walk in the truth and to beware of false teachers and their destructive doctrines. This simple letter encourages us today!
“It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands.” (2 John 4-6) It gives great delight to pastors and church elders when people actually walk in the truth of God’s word. It also brings pleasure to God when we walk in faith! (Hebrews 11:6) Faith works by love, and God is love! We love God when we by faith trust in the goodness and blessedness of His commands and walk in loving obedience.
“Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but will be fully rewarded.” (2 John 7-8) John wanted this lady and her children to be aware of the deceivers. He wanted them to continue to live in obedience to the Lord and love each other. The false teachers were trying to destroy their faith and get them into sin. They were not to receive them or they would share in their wicked work and lose their reward!