Tuesday, August 13, 2013

2 John 1:13

13 The children of your sister, who is chosen by God, send their greetings.
[NIV]

2 John is a short one chapter book of the Bible, with only thirteen verses.
The Apostle John wrote this as a letter, and depending on the translation, 
it is addressed to either a sister congregation, or the lady of a house and her children.
The apostles often stayed at the home of a believer when they were traveling,
and so either translation could be true.

In all translations, this much is clear ... 
John is writing to someone he considers to be family,
whether in the sense of them being all children of God,
or someone he is related to.

In this chapter, John stresses again that we should love one another,
and he also warns about those who would deceive us,
and trick us into following their wicked ways.
Especially family.

10-11 If anyone shows up who doesn’t hold to this teaching, don’t invite him in and give him the run of the place. That would just give him a platform to perpetuate his evil ways, making you his partner.
[MSG]

Yes, we must love one another ... including family.
But we must also guard our hearts ... and our souls ... from those who would harm us.
Even if they are family.

Ephesians 6:2-3 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise:  If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

Honor.  Respect.  Praise.  Glorify.  Celebrate.
Love.

We can love, honor, praise, glorify, celebrate, love and forgive our family.
But that doesn't mean we have to participate in their lives or follow their actions,
especially when those actions are contrary to what God teaches us.

1 comment:

  1. Serendipity. Yesterday at Vision and Verb I put up <a href = "http://www.visionandverb.com/at-home/2013/8/13/choices.html> this post. </a>

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