to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
January 07, 2020 – Tuesday
2 John 1:5-6 NIV
5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.
6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.
2 John 1:5-6 CSB
5 So now I ask you, dear lady—not as if I were writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another.
6 This is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: that you walk in love.
If you read both versions above you will see they are very similar, but both read at the end you walk in love where most translations have walk in it meaning walk in love. Also note the NIV reads this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands while the CSB and most of the other translations read this is love: that we walk according to his commands with obedience implied.
Context is provided by the prior verse (v4) It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. The truth herein that is the underpinning of our faith that we should believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. This leads directly back to 1 John 3:23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.
The apostle John shifts from our faith and trust in the truth that is Jesus Christ to the new command we are to love one another. Not new now in this short letter, but new to us as Christians in the beginning of our walk as Christians. It is Jesus speaking in John 13:34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Not a suggestion, but a command As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Not shall or will, but must!
David Guzik provides an interesting quote from Meyer that really ties our obedience and our walk in love together: Perhaps you fail to distinguish between love and the emotion of love. They are not the same. We may love without being directly conscious of love, or being able to estimate its strength and passion. Here is the solution to many of our questionings: They love who obey.
What does your walk say about your love for your fellow Christians? About your obedience? Questions (and answers) well worth mediating on and praying about as we experience God’s love in our own individual lives.
(to obey is better than sacrifice /obedience is better than sacrifice)
* To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)