“And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment just as you have heard it from the beginning – you must walk in it.”
2 John 1:6 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Saying the words “I love you” and showing the words “I love You” can have a totally different effect on people. Before I surrendered my life to Christ, I used to get so frustrated when people would tell me that God loves me. The words didn’t really mean anything to me at the time because I hadn’t fully realized that truth. In addition, I had all of the typical thoughts and questions like, “if God loves me, then why did these bad things happen.” Thankfully, I am able to hear those words and it means a lot to me. That being said, I’m more of a “show me” type person. Say whatever you would like, but I am usually watching the actions to see if they match up with the words. John, the beloved disciple, is writing to the church and giving instruction on what it means to love others. Think of it as “love in action.” It is quite simple to say yet costs us everything. We must simply walk according to [God’s] commandments. Taking the context of verse 5 into consideration, it reads like this, “Let us love one another. This is love. You must walk in it.” We fulfill the commandments when we love God and love others properly. So, I ask myself these questions, “Do my actions match my words? Does my life reflect a complete surrender to Christ? Am I loving properly by living out this love in action?”
Prayer for today: I pray that we wouldn’t forget to love. Love all of those around us including ourselves. I pray that we would receive the grace we need to forgive ourselves for our shortfalls so we can receive love from God and others purely. That we would be the hands and feet of Jesus, showing and sharing love wherever God takes us.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you spirit, brothers and sisters…