A Believer’s love for the Lord must transcend mere emotional attachment. Our love for the Lord and others should emanate from the core of our being and be outwardly manifested in our actions. Don’t say that you love the Lord, show it! This passage reveals characteristics of people who truly love the Lord.
2 Jn. 1:6-11 “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment,”
1. They maintain a lifestyle “walk” of obedience.
“That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”
2. They recognize and reject unbiblical teaching.
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.”
3. They hold fast to the exclusivity of Jesus Christ for reconciliation with God.
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”
4. They refuse fellowship with people who perpetuate false doctrine.
“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
LESSON - Since we know God through His word, people who love the Lord spend time studying it. As we study the word of God, He uses it to gradually transform us into His image. His desires become our own resulting in a life lived in accordance with the will of God. We protect ourselves from false teaching while identifying those who perpetuate it. Though this practice is viewed as politically incorrect, It is necessary that we hold Truth in contrast with error in order that we protect ourselves and others who would be lead astray by this false teaching. What the world sees as rejection, we must view as protection. Our lives must reflect our belief that Jesus is THE way, truth, and life.