I hope you had a chance to sit with God’s Word, soak in the richness of 2 John and consider the questions I posed.
These are my intended answers:
1) Truth and Love (also found in Ephesians 4:15)
2) Being UN-balanced
3) False Teachers=a) Those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as God in the flesh and b) those who run ahead, fall behind or do not continue in the teaching of Christ.
4) The value of our Life; our witness; our anointing; our God assigned ministry.
The ladies and I have been preparing ourselves for some discussions about Christian women wearing sexy clothing, driving beemers and having Margaritas with their Burritos (Ya know, stuff that makes the world go around).
We have been talking about what we will use to guide us into Godly conclusions. Many of these ladies feel they have been handed a bit of hogwash and not enough 1-4 above. We all agree that that “Dear Lady” found in 2 John, could easily be us.
We will see.
As we prepare to enter a minefield of varied opinions, we decided that God’s Word would be our ultimate pantyline…I mean PLUMBLINE….and that we might better set ourselves some basic boundaries to be used a referees on the matters for which we will surely have a boatload of passion.
One of the commentaries I used for our meeting preparation was a little book called “Adventures through the Bible” by Ray C. Stedman. Mr Stedman compares the balance of TRUTH and LOVE to the relationship between Salt and Sugar. As I presented these observations to the ladies, I pointed out how sugar ALWAYS tastes good on any food as opposed to Salt, in my opinion which does not.
My point being that everyone receives LOVE but not everyone receives TRUTH. Being drawn like magnets to my every spoken word, the girls did what they so adorably do and began to challenge my thinking.
We immediately found ourselves diverted into an enlightening conversation about how GOOD, YUMMY, AMAZING in fact—Salt and Sugar are together.
Think–SNICKERS! Chocolate Covered Pretzels…..
One of our precious young women shared that just as she was meditating on the meat of 2 John, she found herself in front of the FOOD NETWORK (I had to admit that often happens to me when I am meditating on the Word:) and found THIS enlightening episode:
The remainder of our evening was spent talking about the tender balance between TRUTH and LOVE.
Tell me will you, which do YOU think should be the ultimate flavor in our lives as Christians when dealing with one another about the big stuff like:
“Should I have a glass of wine with my unsaved neighbor??”—SALT or SUGAR??
“Should I dress differently at church than when I go to a party for my job?”—SALT or SUGAR??
Should I drive a $50,000 car when people in Africa have no shoes??”—SALT OR SUGAR??