“Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.” 2 John 8
John’s second letter is to a lady. He starts out with emphasizing that she continue to love others and obey God’s commands. Then he points out that many are deceivers and giving the wrong message. Now he wants her to watch out and not lose what was worked for.
The apostles and many others had been preaching the gospel message. John had learned what love really is. After denying Jesus as He was on trial, Jesus accepted him again with arms open in love. He now realizes what true love is and how valuable it is. The gospel message is filled with God’s love for all people.
Many believers had gone through extreme persecution and even death to get the gospel message spread. Even to this day, there are still people going through persecution to get the message out to others.
However, there are some believers who have turned away from passing on that gospel message of love. They have been deceived into not showing true love, but hatred. They are losing what had been worked for.
When a believer does not show true love, it damages the message of the gospel. The world will look at that person and say they do not want to be a part of Jesus, because it is filled with hatred. Others will wonder why be a Christian if there is no real difference.
Those who truly follow Jesus will be filled with His love and will show that love to others. They will show love even when it hurts. In the end they will enter into heaven and receive the message from God, “welcome in good and faithful servant”. It is because they have loved as Jesus loved.
How are you loving people today?
Are you allowing people and things of this world to change the way you love?
Keep your eyes on Jesus. Remember the love He has for you and then you will be able to love others. Don’t stop loving others. God will have a reward for your love some day.
I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that you will be filled with His love for others; that you will not allow the world to change that love; and that you will be faithful to Jesus in all you say and do.