Love must be discerning

Posted: March 19, 2015 in devotionals
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It is easy for us, Christians, to be deceived when someone says “I’m a Christian too!” We seem to lower our guard. We seem to be more accepting, more relaxing. Even in business, when someone says that, it is so easy to assume that the person is indeed a Christian. John tells us otherwise.

(Read 2 John)

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. (2 John 1:10)
Loving people is something a Christian must do. We are commanded to love our enemies. When it comes to hospitality on the other hand, we have to discern who we allow to come into our homes. We must come to a point of discerning if someone is a real Christian or is a pretender. We are commanded to love God and love one another. We do not allow false teachers to enter our homes.

A true believer is someone who…

(a) walk in the truth (2 John 4)
(b) loves one another (2 John 5)
(c) walk in obedience to His commands (2 John 6)

Truth. Love. Obedience. Three words we can hold on to. Walk in truth. Jesus is the way, the TRUTH, and the life. We must continue to walk in Him. We love one another, and love is being sacrificial, going out of the way to help out. But not just anyone. It’s most especially to those who belong to the body of Christ, our brothers (and sisters). It’s not just that we love. We must walk according to the commands that God gave.

So the question is, can we love the “unbeliever”?

The context of John is that false teachers are being welcomed in the church. It is important to screen what we welcome into our homes. It is important that we take captive of what we allow inside our hearts and our minds. Not just anyone.

While we are called to “go and make disciples”, we are also told to watch out who we allow into our homes.

Hence, Love must be discerning.


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