Today you read and finished 2 John – let’s go to 3 John next. It’s only one chapter also so you can finish the entire book in one day!
2 John 1:6, “Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.” (NLT)
Love means doing what God has commanded.
That’s an interesting idea. Most of the time we think of love as a feeling, a condition, something we stumble into or fall out of, but that’s not what God says. God says love is a choice. God looks to you and says, “I love you.” He chooses you. When he talks about the kind of love he wants in return he’s thinking of a similar choice. He wants you to willfully and deliberately choose him.
He want us to choose each other as well, to choose to show grace and mercy like he has shown us, to show favor that’s underserved and kindness in spite of circumstance.
At the end of this chapter he explains that some people try to love without him. They try to deny the truth that Jesus Christ is real or that they need him at all in order to experience real love. Without Christ we can express and experience something that looks and feels a lot like love, but it will never be the abiding love that comes from the deliberate choice of one empowered with a strength of commitment whose source is everlasting.
Another passage of Scripture says, “Don’t just say you love people, really love them.” Today, I choose love. I choose to demonstrate the grace, mercy and lovingkindness of God to others.
Thank you for loving me with an everlasting love. Thank you for giving me the capacity for real love. Help me love people the way you do.
I love you, in Jesus name –