In 2 John, new evangelists had worked their way into speaking engagements in the young churches of John’s day, 85-95 AD. The church began to lack unity because of the “deceivers” coming to town questioning the humanity and deity of Jesus. How would you counter that type of teaching today to maintain unity in the church?
John warned that we should meet the deceivers and have conversation, but, not feed them or house them. John did not want the public to think that the church approved of their false teaching by investing resources in their work. What are you investing in that shows your public approval of activities and actions that would not meet the approval of John?
The words grace, mercy, peace, love, and truth have big God-sized definitions that we diminish and define in human terms. For example, the word ‘Peace’, in John 14:27 Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” This week use your concordance and check out God’s defining of these words.