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Lesson 3: 2 John 4

2 John 4
I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

Background Information
The text speaks of “walking in truth”. Walking is one way the Bible describes living. A person who walks in the truth is one whose life and actions are guided by the gospel of Jesus Christ, the teachings of the Bible, and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Related Scriptures
Proverbs 15:20
Proverbs 22:6
Proverbs 23:24
John 8:31-32
John 14:6-7
John 16:13
2 Corinthians 2:1-4 (Paul is writing to Christians he has recently needed to rebuke.)
Galatians 5:22-26
Ephesians 6:1-2
1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
3 John 4 (3 John only has one chapter.)


1. Why would seeing those he cared about walking in the truth cause John to rejoice?

2. According to Proverbs 23:24, what kind of child makes his (or her) parents happy?

3. How does really caring about another person relate to being happy when they know God?

4. Who gave the commandment to walk in the truth according to 2 John 4?

5. Who leads us into truth? (Hint: see John 16:13)

6. If we are led by the Holy Spirit, will we be walking in the truth?

7. Where does the truth come from?

8. Based on what is said in 2 John 4, would you expect to find the elect lady’s children to be faithful Christians?

9. How do you think this report made the mother feel?

10. a) Is your life one that would cause your parents or other spiritual mentors to rejoice? b) If not, what can you do to change the situation?

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