1 John 2.18-27 gives the impression that John is a bit exasperated with the Gnostics who have infiltrated his community of faith. His call to the church (then and now) is to remain faithful in spite of what they are facing. A healthy church is fixed on truth. Listen here:
One of the challenges of the Christian faith is that we are called to love one another, yes, and to be obedient to the Lord. Each, in its own right, is difficult.
As we looked at most of chapter 2 today of 1 John (2.1-17), we learned about the importance of obedience as a fruit of our faith, and a sign and witness to what the gospel has done to change us. You can listen to the message here: