And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 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 1:5-6 ESV)
It makes me wonder why, when this elect lady has successfully raised some of her children in the truth, why John feels he has to remind her to walk according to God's commandments and to love one another. It seems that she would be spiritually mature enough to not need this kind of reminder. But John is reminding her anyway.
I think it just shows that none of us "have arrived" at complete spiritual maturity and we all have room for improvement and we all forget.
I visited the Sunday School class of senior citizens this past Sunday in another town and the teacher was teaching some basic doctrines that we should all learn. One of the members of the class complained that he was too old to remember that stuff. He wanted the teacher to stick to simple stuff and wondered why, after being a Christian for so many years it was necessary to go over stuff he had already been taught years ago.
His argument really didn't make any sense, but brought home to me the fact that we really are never too old to learn and need reminders of what we have learned because we have trouble retaining it! It's no excuse to give up learning just because we have trouble remembering or because we think we already know it.
So John reminded the elect lady and I need to be reminded too.