The scripture for today is 2 John 1 – 6
To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth— 2 because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:
3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.
4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 5 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. 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
These verses from 2 John are at the heart of life. God made us in his image to live in community with him and with all others he made in his image. This living in community means that we need to be “aware” of the needs of others in the community; even those who may not want to live in community with us.
In verses 4 through 6 John realizes that living and projecting God’s love can be a challenge for us all. He also recognizes that living in love is especially difficult for the young who may experience their first rejections from society as they step outside the home. It is difficult to understand why others may want to set themselves apart from us especially if you are young and haven’t lived very long in community. John’s recognition of this fact by remarking on how he has seen the “elder lady’s” children projecting love illustrates that children acting in love is both difficult and very admirable.
I generally find that when we are rejected in or by the community the cause is fear of what might happen. What John outlines in this text is that love does counter act fear and God’s love is so wonderful that if you embrace God’s love you need not fear even death. For Jesus died and God’s love resurrected him to show us how powerful God’s love is. So let us be confident in our place in the community God has created, so we might help others experience his love through our actions.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father help us to embrace your love and project your love to all people we meet today. Amen.