2 John 8 Watch Out Or Lose

 

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Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 2 John 8

Nobody likes to lose. Every person wants to win at whatever they are trying to achieve. Losing usually means failure in some way or another.

Yet, many people are losing all the time. They are losing what they and others have worked for. Some will work very hard to accomplish some type of task, and then about midway through they give up and lose everything they had accomplished so far.

Marriages are started and can last several to many years, then suddenly fall apart into a divorce because of failure to watch out for problems that arise. Reputations are lost on a regular basis, because people don’t watch out for what they are doing and let it go.

Many believers have fallen away from God and the church, because they are not watching out what they are doing and where they are at. They have lost the gift of eternal life that Christ has given them, because they have not kept their eyes on God, and began to follow the world.

Those who are believers in Jesus are the results of the work of others being a witness and the work of Jesus in their lives. This salvation can be given up and lost, when a person chooses to turn away from God and follow the world. They chose to follow the teachings of this world, rather than the teachings of Jesus.

John tells the people to watch out. They are to keep a close eye on their walk with God. They need to keep a close eye on how they are living in this world. Each believer must continue, on a daily basis, to choose to live for Christ and to act upon the teachings of God, rather than the teachings of this world.

Every day you must open your eyes and keep a watch out on how you are living for God. Take a look at your life and see if the way you are acting, speaking and thinking is following the teachings of Jesus, or the teachings of this world.

Keep you life focused on Christ and God’s word and you will not lose in the end, you will be rewarded with eternal life in heaven with God. Watch out so that you do not lose this great reward.

I pray today that you will know the reward God has for you; that you will watch out for deceptions that will come your way; that you will live your life by God’s way; and that you will not lose the reward God is giving you.

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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.