I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. But now, dear lady, I ask you, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning, let us love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment just as you have heard it from the beginning—you must walk in it.
Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist! Be on your guard, so that you do not lose what we have worked for, but may receive a full reward. Everyone who does not abide in the teaching of Christ, but goes beyond it, does not have God; whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
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What first struck me about the reading from John’s letter today was how many times he used the verb “walk.” While initially frustrated by his lack of creativity or use of a thesaurus, I soon moved beyond this criticism and found that I loved his imagery of “walking in the truth” and “walking according to his commandments.”
As Christians, we are called to be a people of action. We are called not just to believe, but to walk in our faith. We are not called to sit on our couches by ourselves, having our faith but existing in isolation. We are called to be out in the world – in community with, caring for, and loving others. Our faith should not just influence our beliefs, but it should also affect the way we walk and the way we live our lives.
Do I “walk the walk” of Christianity? How can I emanate more of Christ’s love as I walk through life?
–Ms. Tracy Lyons teaches math and moderates the Robotics Club at St. Louis U. High.
“…I ask you,
not as though I were writing a new commandment
but the one we have had from the beginning:
let us love one another.”
—2 John 1:5
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