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Day 357 – Truth and Love

Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read about love. There are two types of love — affective (love that shows affection) and effective (love that feeds the poor, clothes the naked, and does something). Love is felt but it is more than just a feeling. Truth and love always need to go together. Love without truth is ineffectual.

In Timothy, Paul writes that the love of money is the root of all evil. Wealth is not everything and physical fitness is also important. We have all been given a gift of faith in Jesus Christ. We should love one another in response to the gift we have received.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

2 John

1 From the Elder: my greetings to the Lady, the chosen one, and to her children, whom I love in truth — and I am not the only one, for so do all who have come to know the Truth — and I am not the only one, for so so do all who have come to know the Truth-

2 because of the truth that remains in us and will be with us for ever.

3 In our life of truth and love, we shall have grace, faithful love and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father.

4 It has given me great joy to find that children of yours have been living the life of truth as we were commanded by the Father.

5 And now I am asking you — dear lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but only the one which we have had from the beginning — that we should love one another.

6 To love is to live according to his commandments: this is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love.

7 There are many deceivers at large in the world, refusing to acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in human nature. They are the Deceiver; they are the Antichrist.

8 Watch yourselves, or all our work will be lost and you will forfeit your full reward.

9 If anybody does not remain in the teaching of Christ but goes beyond it, he does not have God with him: only those who remain in what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them.

10 If anyone comes to you bringing a different doctrine, you must not receive him into your house or even give him a greeting.

11 Whoever greets him has a share in his wicked activities.

12 There are several things I have to tell you, but I have thought it best not to trust them to paper and ink. I hope instead to visit you and talk to you in person, so that our joy may be complete.

13 Greetings to you from the children of your sister, the chosen one.

3 John

1 From the Elder: greetings to my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in truth.

2 My dear friend, I hope everything is going happily with you and that you are as well physically as you are spiritually.

3 It was a great joy to me when some brothers came and told of your faithfulness to the truth, and of your life in the truth.

4 It is always my greatest joy to hear that my children are living according to the truth.

5 My dear friend, you have done loyal work in helping these brothers, even though they were strangers to you.

6 They are a proof to the whole Church of your love and it would be a kindness if you could help them on their journey as God would approve.

7 It was entirely for the sake of the name that they set out, without depending on the non-believers for anything:

8 it is our duty to welcome people of this sort and contribute our share to their work for the truth.

9 I have written a note for the members of the church, but Diotrephes, who enjoys being in charge of it, refuses to accept us.

10 So if I come, I shall tell everyone how he has behaved, and about the wicked accusations he has been circulating against us. As if that were not enough, he not only refuses to welcome our brothers, but prevents from doing so other people who would have liked to, and expels them from the church.

11 My dear friend, never follow a bad example, but keep following the good one; whoever does what is right is from God, but no one who does what is wrong has ever seen God.

12 Demetrius has been approved by everyone, and indeed by Truth itself. We too will vouch for him and you know that our testimony is true.

13 There were several things I had to tell you but I would rather not trust them to pen and ink.

14 However, I hope to see you soon and talk to you in person.

15 Peace be with you; greetings from your friends; greet each of our friends by name.

1 Timothy 4

1 The Spirit has explicitly said that during the last times some will desert the faith and pay attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines that come from devils,

2 seduced by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are branded as though with a red-hot iron:

3 they forbid marriage and prohibit foods which God created to be accepted with thanksgiving by all who believe and who know the truth.

4 Everything God has created is good, and no food is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving:

5 the word of God and prayer make it holy.

6 If you put all this to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus and show that you have really digested the teaching of the faith and the good doctrine which you have always followed.

7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales. Train yourself for religion.

8 Physical exercise is useful enough, but the usefulness of religion is unlimited, since it holds out promise both for life here and now and for the life to come;

9 that is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt it.

10 I mean that the point of all our toiling and battling is that we have put our trust in the living God and he is the Saviour of the whole human race but particularly of all believers.

11 This is what you are to instruct and teach.

12 Let no one disregard you because you are young, but be an example to all the believers in the way you speak and behave, and in your love, your faith and your purity.

13 Until I arrive, devote yourself to reading to the people, encouraging and teaching.

14 You have in you a spiritual gift which was given to you when the prophets spoke and the body of elders laid their hands on you; do not neglect it.

15 Let this be your care and your occupation, and everyone will be able to see your progress.

16 Be conscientious about what you do and what you teach; persevere in this, and in this way you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.

1 Timothy 5

1 Never speak sharply to a man older than yourself, but appeal to him as you would to your own father; treat younger men as brothers,

2 older women as mothers and young women as sisters with all propriety.

3 Be considerate to widows — if they really are widowed.

4 If a widow has children or grandchildren, they are to learn first of all to do their duty to their own families and repay their debt to their parents, because this is what pleases God.

5 But a woman who is really widowed and left on her own has set her hope on God and perseveres night and day in petitions and prayer.

6 The one who thinks only of pleasure is already dead while she is still alive:

7 instruct them in this, too, so that their lives may be blameless.

8 Anyone who does not look after his own relations, especially if they are living with him, has rejected the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

9 Enrolment as a widow is permissible only for a woman at least sixty years old who has had only one husband.

10 She must be a woman known for her good works — whether she has brought up her children, been hospitable to strangers and washed the feet of God’s holy people, helped people in hardship or been active in all kinds of good work.

11 Do not accept young widows because if their natural desires distract them from Christ, they want to marry again,

12 and then people condemn them for being unfaithful to their original promise.

13 Besides, they learn how to be idle and go round from house to house; and then, not merely idle, they learn to be gossips and meddlers in other people’s affairs and to say what should remain unsaid.

14 I think it is best for young widows to marry again and have children and a household to look after, and not give the enemy any chance to raise a scandal about them;

15 there are already some who have turned aside to follow Satan.

16 If a woman believer has widowed relatives, she should support them and not make the Church bear the expense but enable it to support those who are really widowed.

17 Elders who do their work well while they are in charge earn double reward, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.

18 As scripture says: You must not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn; and again: The worker deserves his wages.

19 Never accept any accusation brought against an elder unless it is supported by two or three witnesses.

20 If anyone is at fault, reprimand him publicly, as a warning to the rest.

21 Before God, and before Jesus Christ and the angels he has chosen, I charge you to keep these rules impartially and never to be influenced by favouritism.

22 Do not be too quick to lay hands on anyone, and never make yourself an accomplice in anybody else’s sin; keep yourself pure.

23 You should give up drinking only water and have a little wine for the sake of your digestion and the frequent bouts of illness that you have.

24 The faults of some people are obvious long before they come to the reckoning, while others have faults that are not discovered until later.

25 Similarly, the good that people do can be obvious; but even when it is not, it cannot remain hidden.

1 Timothy 6

1 All those under the yoke of slavery must have unqualified respect for their masters, so that the name of God and our teaching are not brought into disrepute.

2 Those whose masters are believers are not to respect them less because they are brothers; on the contrary, they should serve them all the better, since those who have the benefit of their services are believers and dear to God. This is what you are to teach and urge.

3 Anyone who teaches anything different and does not keep to the sound teaching which is that of our Lord Jesus Christ, the doctrine which is in accordance with true religion,

4 is proud and has no understanding, but rather a weakness for questioning everything and arguing about words. All that can come of this is jealousy, contention, abuse and evil mistrust;

5 and unending disputes by people who are depraved in mind and deprived of truth, and imagine that religion is a way of making a profit.

6 Religion, of course, does bring large profits, but only to those who are content with what they have.

7 We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it;

8 but as long as we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.

9 People who long to be rich are a prey to trial; they get trapped into all sorts of foolish and harmful ambitions which plunge people into ruin and destruction.

10 ‘The love of money is the root of all evils’ and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered away from the faith and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds.

11 But, as someone dedicated to God, avoid all that. You must aim to be upright and religious, filled with faith and love, perseverance and gentleness.

12 Fight the good fight of faith and win the eternal life to which you were called and for which you made your noble profession of faithbefore many witnesses.

13 Now, before God, the source of all life, and before Jesus Christ, who witnessed to his noble profession of faith before Pontius Pilate, I charge you

14 to do all that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 who at the due time will be revealed by God, the blessed and only Ruler of all, the King of kings and the Lord of lords,

16 who alone is immortal, whose home is in inaccessible light, whom no human being has seen or is able to see: to him be honour and everlasting power. Amen.

17 Instruct those who are rich in this world’s goods that they should not be proud and should set their hopes not on money, which is untrustworthy, but on God who gives us richly all that we need for our happiness.

18 They are to do good and be rich in good works, generous in giving and always ready to share-

19 this is the way they can amass a good capital sum for the future if they want to possess the only life that is real.

20 My dear Timothy, take great care of all that has been entrusted to you. Turn away from godless philosophical discussions and the contradictions of the ‘knowledge’ which is not knowledge at all;

21 by adopting this, some have missed the goal of faith. Grace be with you.

Proverbs 30:29-33

29 There are three things of stately tread, four, indeed, of stately walk:

30 the lion, bravest of beasts, he will draw back from nothing;

31 a vigorous cock, a he-goat, and the king when he harangues his people.

32 If you have been foolish enough to fly into a passion and now have second thoughts, lay your hand on your lips.

33 For by churning the milk you produce butter, by wringing the nose you produce blood, and by whipping up anger you produce strife.


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