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Some Stuff That Needs To Be Said - NOW

"Though I have many things to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak to you face to face, so that your joy may be made full" (2 John 12).

So, If you needed to convey a really important message to someone, what would be the best way? Today's generation would probably opt for the text message. An email or phone call would be good, huh? A letter always carries some clout as we actually have to pick it up and read it. Nothing really replaces a face-to-face conveyance though. Since texts, email, and the phone weren't available, and the face-to-face was not possible, John decides to write...What he must say is REALLY important.

So what's of such import that John feels this necessity? While it seems that some things he wanted to say could wait, some things had to be said....NOW! They could not wait....They will not wait! John identified four things....four actions in his letter...Actions that we must respect and remember.

He opens the letter, "The elder to the chosen lady and her children, who I love in truth; not only I, but all who know the truth" (v 1). John echoes Jesus' teaching to "love your neighbor as yourself," as he assures the lady and her children that they are loved. As a confirmation, he offered his own love and the love of other Christians. Why? Because he was an inspired writer, and he was writing what was true.

We should love one another..."not as if I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another" (V 5). If we do not love one another, we must look deeply into our hearts to find out why we are "holding back."

"Let the love of the brethren continue" (Heb 13:1). That's right, not begin....CONTINUE! This message about loving one another could not wait! John had to write about it then not later..More of these important things tomorrow....

Have a wonderful day....Make a loving difference.....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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