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Read Introduction to 2 John

 

“I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.”

 

walking in truth,
 
Fidelity to truth is a core Christian value.  John discovered on his travels that the lady’s children of 2nd John lived out their Christianity.  They went on with the Lord.  Nothing delights the hearts of parents more than to know that their children walk with the Lord. 
 
Walking is a figure of speech for living.  Walking in the truth is living in the truth.  Walking in the truth is more than obtaining a corpus of doctrine. Christianity is more than an intellectual exercise.  It should be something that shapes our attitudes and behavior.  Truth shapes total conduct by internalizing its principles.
1 Jn 1: 6 “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Ro 10: 2 “For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.”
PRINCIPLE: 
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Fidelity to truth is a core Christian value. 
 
APPLICATION: 
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The Word of God directs and molds our values and attitudes toward life.  If we apply the Word to our experience daily, it will change us and make us more like the Lord Jesus.  God gives us divine life that He might mold us into the image of Christ. God will reproduce the life of Christ in us. 
 
Ga 1: 15 “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood…”
 
Ga 4: 19 “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you…”
The Word of God will also cast light on the dark places where God calls us to walk. 
2 Co 4: 2 “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”
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