2 John 1-6
“1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth, 2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:
3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.
4 I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. 5 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. 6 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.” NRSV
Sometimes, we just flip a coin.
Bible scholars tell us that “the elect lady” in verse one could be mean an actual woman and her children or it could be referencing a congregation where her “children” are the members of the congregation. You can make a case for interpreting the meaning of 2 John either way. Heads its an actual person. Tails its a congregation. When I flip my coin it keeps coming up tails.
That, however, is not really the point. The point is found in verses 5 and 6. “let us love one another….this is the commandment just as you have heard it from the beginning—you must walk in it.”
It really is this simple. Choosing who to love, how much to love them, and whether or not they are worthy (i.e. merit) our love is what complicates, distorts and diminishes God’s simple and beautiful command. Fortunately, God keeps it simple for those who trust in God and “walk in God’s truth.” Love everyone.
Be a blessing to someone today!