I heard from my young friends that last weeks “Twirty Girls” meeting lasted until well past 1am!
These young women are serious about chewing on some tough issues. I left last night at 10:30 and they were still in sweet conversation. My brain, on the other hand, was deep fried!!
Our meeting last night took us into the the only letter in the New Testament that was written to a woman. 2 John.
My personal study of these 13 power packed verses told me that this woman was probably not too different from those of us in the group. She was a woman who had been given lots of different opinions about what God says or doesn’t say about this and that. She had apparently written to the Apostle John with a boatload of questions about matters of concern regarding her faith walk. She was not sure of how to evaluate the variety of perspectives coming her way and turned to her “Elder” John for counsel.
This is what I sent the ladies to prepare them for last nights discussion:
I send you my prayers for Grace, Mercy and Peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, who is with us and provides this truth and love.
It has given me great joy to find you walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing to stir up in you a new command but one that is really not new but that we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to God’s commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
I want to warn you, many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Those who should know better and have heard The Way have fallen by the wayside and are focusing on outward adornment and worthless laws. Any such person is motivated by the deceiver, the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead , or falls behind, and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
Beautiful woman,If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not allow them into your heart, or welcome them into your world. Anyone who welcomes them or believes their deception unknowingly shares in their wicked work.
I have much to write to you precious lady, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
Your sisters, your friends, your family, who is chosen by God, send their greetings.
All my love and prayers,
God’s Timeless and Holy Letters
As you look up from the letter you see that the sun has made it’s way down from the sky and sits just slightly above the shoreline illuminating it’s flat edge in orange and reds.
You lift yourself off the water smoothed branch, gather the bottle, roll the letter safely into a size that slips easily back into it’s protective shell, tuck it under your arm and turn to walk home.
Back to the place where everyone lives.
Pondering these questions……
What 2 factors must always be taken into consideration when facing a problem of any kind??
What is the greatest challenge to those two qualities?
What are the 2 fundamental forms of false teaching found in this letter?
What do we risk loosing if we fall into that false teaching?
Take a shot at these questions and I’ll share what the ladies had to say about what Salt does to Sugar.