Bible Study

2 John Bible Study, Day 33: Walk in Love

Today’s passage: 2 John 1:5–6

Focus verse: As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. (2 John 1:6)

In John’s second letter, he continues to repeat themes from his first one. He tells the lady chosen by God the same things he writes to his first audience. 

This is not a new command he gives her, but an old one. It’s a command given from the beginning: to love one another. And in love, we obey Jesus’s commands. The chief one is to walk in love.

We’ve already covered love at length, addressing it in over half of our readings. Here are the primary messages about love:

We don’t need to repeat these lessons here, but we can consider 1 Corinthians 13, the Bible’s go-to chapter about love. 

The world often uses the word love incorrectly and practices it wrongly. We can’t love a thing or an activity. We can only love God and love others. Paul gives us a most helpful list of characteristics of how to walk in love. 


is patient

is kind

is not envious

is not boastful

is not proud

is not rude

is not self-seeking

is not easily angered

forgets the mistakes of others

does not delight in evil

rejoices with the truth





never fails

(1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV)

When we live out this list, we love one another as John (and others) command us to do.


  1. How do we misuse the word love?
  2. What must we change to love according to what the Bible says? 
  3. Which of these characteristics of love do we excel at?
  4. Which of these characteristics of love do we need to give more attention to?
  5. How can we better walk in love?

Discover more about loving others in Romans 13:8 and Galatians 5:14.

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Discover practical, insightful, and encouraging truths in Love One Another, a devotional Bible study to foster a deeper appreciation for the two greatest commandments: To love God and to love others.

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