I was at church today, and the sermon was so good. It was on 2nd and 3rd John. I had been thinking a lot about this topic lately, love and whatnot. It kind of seems trite, right, but man, I don't think it's as easy to get as it seems. Our pastor made the point that John wrote these books in his old age, and with all his wisdom from walking with God for so long, being an Apostle, etc., he chooses to harp on the topic of love above everything else that he could write about. That's fascinating to me.
I'm still dealing with a lot of control issues. I learned a lot during marriage counseling about how the key to overcoming that was so centered around empathy. And I think that empathy leads to more love in so many ways.
So anyway, I wanted to think about these things some more, so I wrote some questions down during the sermon that I could journal about later.
1. How does my need for control not exhibit love?
2. How can relinquishing control of others exhibit love to them?
3. How am I like Diotrephes? (He was a pastor who loved to be first and who didn't welcome John or other believers walking in truth.)
4. How am I like Gaius? (He was the one that the letter of 3rd John was written to, faithful, loving, and commended by John in a divinely inspired letter.)
I probably won't be putting the answers to these up on the ol' blog, haha, but I thought it was some good food for thought that I would share with you. Love you all. ;)