2 John 8 Watch Out Or Lose

“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.

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2 John 9 Running Ahead

“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 9

Every person is in the race of life. At times during this race you may be walking very slowly. Other times you may be running as fast as you can.

The world tells you to run at all times. You need to get out there and do everything and get everything. According to the world you only have a short time on this earth and must enjoy it all as quickly as possible. So many things to do, people to see, and places to go with so little time is the motto of the world.

As a believer in Jesus, you are told to walk with God. God is never in a rush. God has all time in His hands so there is no reason to go fast.

Just like a person who walks slowly through the woods on a path because he wants to enjoy the scenery, you must walk with God to enjoy life fully. Do not forget that Jesus came to give you life and life abundantly.

John is telling you that if you run ahead and leave the teachings of Christ, you have lost God.

How is it that running ahead causes you to leave the teachings of Christ? As I stated earlier, you are to walk with God. This walk implies that you are next to Him and hear everything He says and you go where He goes.

If you run ahead you are no longer walking with God. You are now out on your own. You can no longer hear what God is telling you. You are now doing your own thing.

Slow down in life and walk with God everyday. Allow God to talk with you and show you the path you need to walk. Do not deceive yourself into thinking you know what is best or what is around the next corner. Trust God and God alone.

I pray that today you will walk beside God in every step of life; that God will guide your steps; that you will listen to God’s voice; that you will follow the teachings of Jesus; and that you will not run ahead of God.