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Love Wisely

Text: 2 John --

The Priority of Love in the Christian’s life

We are commanded to love one another

The Providence of Freedom

Not everyone hears the truth

Not everyone believes the truth

Not everyone obeys the truth

It is by God’s grace alone

The Poison of Deception

Deception:

Seeking to cause someone to accept as true that which is false

Forms of Deception:

DENYING WHAT IS TRUE vs. 7

EXAGGERATING WHAT IS TRUE vs. 9

The Power of Discernment

Dealing with deceivers:

Don’t let them in your house

Don’t greet them

Don’t listen to them

Have nothing to do with them

The Protection of Friendship

John desired to see her face to face

But the matter was of such importance he felt compelled to address it immediately

Practical Discernment

Love everyone (but do not be friends with everyone)

Distance yourself from those who distort the truth

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God?

Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” James 4:4