2 John | Sermon application from Lauren Carrión
John was the only disciple believed to have died due to old age. The other disciples, the ones with whom he had lived with, learned with, and loved, were beheaded, stoned, burned or crucified. Why? For proclaiming the Truth and love of Jesus Christ.
And, they were far from the only ones. While other religions were widely accepted throughout the Roman Empire, certain beliefs within Christianity caused believers to become targets for persecution. It was during the reign of Roman Emperor Nero that all Christians in Rome were arrested, tortured and publicly executed.
The Apostle John was not naive to grief. Nor that of pain, loss, and loneliness, yet he continued to proclaim Truth and love.
Why? Because John had walked in Truth. He had walked with the Truth. He had witnessed firsthand the life, love, grace, mercy and compassion of Jesus – of God Himself. But why Truth AND love? Could John not simply proclaim Jesus as the Truth and that be sufficient? Why was it that He continually penned that followers of Christ must also love one another? Because Truth and love are two things that cannot be separated one from another. For God Himself is Truth. God Himself is love.
The letter of 2 John holds so many beautiful truths, but for a moment, just take a look at 2 John 1:3:
“Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.”
When one lives life in both Truth and love ... he/she is able to know, understand, and experience the fullness of God’s grace, mercy and peace.
John proclaimed Truth and he proclaimed LOVE because he knew the reality of it within his own life - the transformation, the peace, the joy, and the hope that it brought. And, he knew that when he LOVED OTHERS, that same Truth would seep into the lives of those around him.
Do you desire peace? Do you desire to know the fullness of God’s grace, mercy, and love? My friend, the reality is we must CHOOSE to live a life of Truth and Love. And, we cannot have one without the other. When we choose Jesus … we choose to love one another.
So what will you choose? Not just today, but every day.
I pray today that Jesus fills you with His grace, mercy and peace.