2 John 1
1The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
2For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
4I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
5And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
7For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
12Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
13The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.
What’s in your “Bucket List“? What do you want to do before you die? I only have 3 things I’d like to do before I die, and that’s to visit Australis, Ireland, and Victors, BC. I realize I may never be able to do that, and that’s okay, but they are 3 of the most beautiful places on earth, to me, that I want to see, and always have. But, you see, there is one destination more beautiful, and precious, awaiting me, and I’m not worried about whether I’ll be able to get to got, because I keep that ticket up to date, and that’s my trip to Heaven. That is my ultimate destination on my life’s “Bucket List”. Where does heaven fit on yours? If you stay faithful to Christ, your destination is just as sure as mine.
How many of you would marry your spouse if you didn’t believe what they said when they told you the loved you? Afterall, you have to believe there is a truth to the words they are telling you, and that is backed up by their actions. That’s the same with God, He tells us over, and over, all the times how much He loves us, how much He wants us to be with Him, then He backs it up by showing us, giving us His Son to die for our sins, His Holy Spirit to guide our lives, and a heavenly home waiting for us to look forward to. All we have to do is show Him how much we truly love Him in return, by living for Him, and bringing other lost souls to Him, through witnessing. He wants a loving relationship with us, being able to fellowship with us at any time of the day, or night, all we have to do is open our hearts and minds to Him, and He will guide, and help us along our journey.
There is no way a person can claim to be a Christian, and hate anyone! God is love, period! This is not a cliché! Although we here this said time, and time, again, it still rings true. To say you are a Christian in one breath, and say you hate So-n-So, is contrary to everything God stands for. This is of the devil, and is meant to put strife in the lives of God’s people. God commands His people to love one another. He even tells them to love their enemies. We are to love people who don’t love us. This is living a life like Jesus did. Picture Jesus on the cross. Was He put on the cross by people who love, or hated, Him? Yet, He loved them enough to die for their sins. So, as Gods children, we are to do the same, we are to love everyone, ever those that hate us.
Christians have tobe diligent in their prayer life, and constantly on guard against attacks from the devil. There are many people today trying to force their beliefs, and opinions, down our throats, saying the Bible doesn’t mean what it meant years ago, times have changed, we have to change with it. We have to watch out what we latch on to, because we might find ourselves on the fast track to Hell. The devil disguises himself, and his doctrines in pretty packages, taking away just a word here, adding an action there, and so forth, until the world has you wrapped up in something you can’t get out of. You have to listen to that voice in your head, when it tell you, “I don’t think you should do that!” , or that cold chill that crawls up your back, just before you do something you have a doubt about, because that’s the Holy Spirit telling you to stop. We also have to watch who we hang around with, because our so-called ”friends” can lead us astray, too. Just like an alcoholic trying to quit drinking can’t hang around a bar, a true Christian can’t always hang around sinners, or else they’ll fall into sin’s trap.