October 14, 2020
2 John 1-4
The elder,
To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth— because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:  Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.   It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.
New International Version (NIV)
            Do we love the truth?  In a documentary some years ago, the narrator asked a number of people, “What is truth?”  Bobby Gaylor, a musician answered, “What people don't want to hear.”  Do we want to know the truth?
           As he does in the fourth gospel, John writes about truth.  He addresses this second of his letters, to those whom he “loves in truth”.  Not only did he love them, but he did so in the name of the One who is the Truth.  The members of the first century church knew the truth because He lived in them.  These early Christians identified their love for the truth by living the truth.
Ben Patterson told the story of a retired pastor who began noticing that his former congregation was sliding away from orthodoxy. Taking responsibility, the pastor stated, in two sentences, his great failure as a pastor: "I always told people what to believe. My great mistake is that I never clearly taught my people what NOT to believe."
Our love for the truth is finally revealed by the way we live.  Those who traffic in lies will eventually find discerning the truth more difficult.  In Tokien’s Lord of the Rings, Eomer says to Aragorn:  "You speak the truth, that is plain: (the men of Rohan) do not lie, and therefore they are not easily deceived." 
            For all the talk about truth these days, more is said than done.  Like the believers two millennia ago, our true love for truth will be revealed when we live the truth.  Jesus is the truth who lives in us.  Because there was no deceit in his mouth, he convicts us of our double standards.  Jesus, the truth, sets us free to tell the truth and live the truth today.  
Pray with me:         
Father of Truth, we reverently ask you to reveal the truth about who we are.  In the clear light of Jesus, who embodies truth, show us the ways we are living the truth and the ways we are not.  Free us from deceit.  Cauterize our tongues from the prevalent practice of manipulating words.  Today we covenant to tell each other the truth so that we will not be deceived.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.  
Join us in memorizing the Word.  Scripture for this week:    
Matthew 7:7-8
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Our 2020 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations New Testament reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy at REPLICATE.ORG 
We would love for you to join us as we read the New Testament through this year, five chapters a week.  In addition I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  Use Robby Gallaty’s H. E. A. R. plan to study each chapter (also found at REPLICATE.ORG). Highlight verses which speak to you, explain what they mean in your own words in a journal, apply them to your own life, then respond by doing what God tells you to do.  

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