Walking in the truth
How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded. I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. 2 John 4-6 NLT
When a believer walks in the truth, it means that he or she knows the truth of God’s Word and they are abiding by the truth. This attitude is reflected on how they are living their lives following the example set to them by the Lord Jesus Christ. “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did” (1 John 2:6). But it is unfortunate that not all who claim they are children of God will live “according to the truth just as the Father commanded” (2 John 4). This is why John exhorts those who are walking by the truth to carefully pay attention to God’s command. The command is not new for it has been proclaimed by our Lord Jesus Christ through the gospel. “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:34-35). The command to love one another was given to the nation of Israel when they were traveling through the Sinai desert. “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18). Every command given by God were to show the love we have for Him reflected to the love we have for others. “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). When we obey God’s command it shows that we are motivated by His love working in us. “Love fulfills the requirements of God’s law” (Romans 13:10). It is possible that we can be a staunch defender of the truth and not show love for others. This is inconsistent with what God wants for His children. This is what John is emphasizing from his epistle. Love and truth are companions. When we are committed to walk in the truth of God’s Word, we have to live it out and manifest love for others. Love is not a fleeting emotion but a commitment. “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God” (1 John 3:18-19).