Sunday’s Ponderous Point

5 Now I ask you, lady, not as though I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.” (2 John 5 – 6)

Want to hear the verse in context? 2 John
What is this about?

Contextualisation of 2 John 5 – 6, “Built on the foundation of truth our daily walk must be characterised by love for our brethren which is obedience to God’s Word.”

So what does this love need to look like? Romans 12:10 says we should, “be devoted to one another”1 and again we should, “honor one another.”2 12:16 says we’re to, “live in harmony with one another”3 and 14:13 says we must, “stop passing judgment on one another.”4 15:7 says we’re to, “accept one another …just as Christ accepted you”5 and 15:4 says we’re to, “instruct one another.”6

We’re to “greet”7, “wait”8, “have equal concern”9, “serve”10, “carry”11, “not be conceited”12, “not provoke”13, “not envy.”14 We’re to be “patient”15, “be kind”16, “forgiving one another.”17

We’re to “speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.”18

Are we “submitting”19, “considering”20, “not lying”21, “bearing with”22, “teaching”23 and “admonishing one another?”23 We must be “encouraging”24 and “building up”25 and “spurring one another on.”26 The list goes on, that’s just a start, you cannot be “slandering”27 or “grumbling against each”28 other but you should be “confessing your sins”29, “praying”30, “living in harmony with”31 and “using our gifts for the benefit of one another.”32

The idea of walking in love is that one’s life is to be so characterised by love that it should be seeping out of you; bubbling up through you; bursting forth from you. How’s that bursting going?

1 Romans 12:10
2 Romans 12:10
3 Romans 12:16
4 Romans 14:13
5 Romans 15:7
6 Romans 15:4
7 Romans 16:16
8 1 Corinthians 11:33
9 1 Corinthians 12:25
10 2 Corinthians 13:12
11 Galatians 6:2
12 Galatians 5:26
13 Galatians 5:26
14 Galatians 5:26
15 Ephesians 4:2
16 Ephesians 4:32
17 Ephesians 4:32
18 Ephesians 5:19
19 Ephesians 5:21
20 Philippians 2:3
21 Colossians 3:9
22 Colossians 3:13
23 Colossians 3:13
24 1 Thessalonians 4:18
25 1 Thessalonians 5:11
26 Hebrews 10:24
27 James 4:11
28 James 5:9
29 James 5:16
30 James 5:16
31 1 Peter 3:8
32 1 Peter 4:10


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