Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
—2 Thessalonians 3:1-5; 2 John 4-11
by: Kay Samuels.
Every Scripture reinforces another. Jesus underlined and reinforced the Commandments in Matthew 22 by instructing His followers to love God with their whole beings and to love their neighbors as they loved themselves. In today’s readings, Paul prayed that believers would come to a deeper understanding of God’s love and John reminded us that we cannot love God without loving each other. As we study today how to hold fast to God’s love, let us remember how all these Scriptures on love fit together to give a comprehensive teaching on God’s expectations with regard to love.