2 John 1:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 John 1:6, NIV: And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

2 John 1:6, ESV: And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

2 John 1:6, KJV: And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

2 John 1:6, NASB: And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you are to walk in it.

2 John 1:6, NLT: Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

2 John 1:6, CSB: This is love: that we walk according to his commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: that you walk in love.

What does 2 John 1:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse defines the kind of love John speaks of. Here, it means obeying God's commandments. Love is not merely an emotion, but requires actions based on truth. Here, the exact Greek word is agape, translated as "love," specifically meaning a selfless focus on other people. John's use of it here certainly includes emotional aspects, but is much more specific than most modern definitions of love. The primary example of this kind of love is Jesus, who showed it through His life and actions. It includes loving one another as well as walking in obedience to God's truth.

John re-emphasizes that this command is one the reader should already be familiar with. He repeats that loving one another is not optional; it is a command. Because it is a fundamental command connected to Jesus Himself, believers are to "walk in it" or obey it. Attempting to love, apart from God's truth, is not legitimate, according to this letter.