2 John is the shortest book in the Bible – a mere 13 verses. John has two things he is trying to communicate in this succinct communique’.
Walk in Truth – John continues to be concerned, as he was in his first epistle, about deceivers who have infiltrated the ranks of the church. These are people who are teaching a false gospel and spreading untruth. This is still a concern in our world today. As a believer in the one true God and the one true gospel, make sure that you measure everything that you hear being taught against the truth of the Word of God. Not everyone who preaches or teaches in the name of God does so with a conviction that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
Walk in Love – Warren W. Wiersbe said: “Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.”
Scott Mehl said, “Too many people have been convinced that biblical truth “doesn’t work,” not because there was a problem with the truth, but because the truth wasn’t communicated with love.”
We must speak the truth. But we must absolutely do it in a way that is accompanied by love.
May this brick help you to experience what John says in verse 3 at the beginning of this letter:
“Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.”