John’s Second Epistle
2 Jno. 4-6
The Joyous Walk
4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5 And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. 2 Jno. 4-6
What makes you happy? Payday? A great movie? Vacation? Fun week-end?
John was filled with joy when he heard of people walking in the truth of God, doing what God commanded. (A way of life made possible by the death of Christ).
This walk (way of life) included all the commandments of God. One John brought was, “that we love one another.” You can get everything else right, keep all the commandments that apply to you, etc. But if you leave this out, Paul says – it is like so much noise (see 1 Cor. 13). John rejoiced greatly knowing his readers were walking in the truth.
That “love” John stressed meant – not just love for people, but keeping the commandments of God.
When a sinner makes the choice to come out of sin and into fellowship with God through Christ, that initial obedience begins a walk in the truth that produces great joy.