Tuesday Devotional: 2 John 4-6

Read 2 John 4-6

We are commanded to love those around us. Loving them means to tell them the truth about Jesus. However, we must be wise. We must be discerning. How ought we to tell them the truth? It is possible to tell someone the truth in a most unloving way. It is possible to tell someone the truth about Jesus apart from the love of Jesus. We must be discerning. We must pray. A Christian cannot escape or run from this blessed responsibility to tell people the truth. Christianity void of sharing the truth is no Christianity at all. However, we must follow Jesus. We must ask the Holy Spirit, our Counselor and Teacher how we ought to tell the people we love the truth about Jesus. We must pray and we must always prioritize love. Love does not burden. The love of Jesus frees us from our burdens. The truth will undoubtedly upset some. Jesus, the word and sword of the Spirit, came into this world to divide. His blessed name causes pain and causes division. However, this pain is only the result of our sinful flesh being judged. This division is only the separation of what is sinful to what is ready to be made holy in the name of Jesus. Our primary concern is not that they simply profess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord. Our primary concern is not that they begin attending a place where others profess Jesus is Lord. Our primary concern is love. Jesus loves them do you? Or are they simply assignments? Are they mere obstacles you have to conquer and overcome in order to validate and affirm your calling as a Christian because to share is a commandment? Do you love them? This question must precede any testimony to someone about Jesus as truth and life. Love them and pray for them first. God will make a way for you to tell them the truth. He will give you words. He will ordain the timing. He is not complacent nor has he forgotten about this person you pray for. His timing and will are perfect and good. Trust in him. Have faith, Christian. Our Father in heaven knows and he is good. He loves this person you pray for even more than you do. Do you love them? Do you want them to know the love of Jesus more than a knowledge about him. Do you want them to know that they are healed, set free, beloved, called accepted, forgiven? This is the truth. This is the good news. They need to know the truth and perhaps you are the one to tell them. Love them and pray that your love for them open their eyes to Jesus who loved them first.

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