Friday: November 13, 2020
2 John 1:5 Dear lady, I am now requesting of you that we all continue to love one another. It is not as though I am writing to give you a new commandment, but one that we have had from the beginning.
Often times, we want to do more than just love because we see love as too simple a word, to say the least. We would rather protect, provide, obey, give, honour, sacrifice and so forth. Yet, John’s letter seems to take us backwards ‘let us love one another’. He even moves further to express the interconnectivity between the commandments and love:
“This love I speak of means that we must live in obedience to God’s commands. The command, as you have all heard from the beginning, is that you must all live in love” (2 John 1:6)
In more complicated word play, ‘Love is the command and the command is love’. Pretty confusing right? But the intention is not to draw our minds to any new system, but to a pre-established order of events where love remains at the pedestal. All the other actions mentioned earlier will be manifested if love is present. We could thus refer to love as that overarching umbrella.
Beloved, all of us want to seen actively striving to show that we care, that we can protect, that we can give, honour and sacrifice for the things and people we hold dear. However, that is just a very convoluted way of saying ‘we love’. Let’s not forget the basics.