By Kathy Widenhouse, award-winning nonprofit content writer, website publisher, and author of 9 books.
An online devotional for writers
I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. (2 John 5, NLT)
A cover letter is a one-page introduction. That’s why a cover letter is always accompanied by other content, such as a resume (when it’s part of a job application), sales materials, or supporting information.
Such is the case for 2 John.
“This letter is shorter than I John and covers much of the same material,” says veteran pastor and author Mike Mazzalongo, founder of Bible teaching platform BibleTalk.tv. “What is interesting is how the letter was used. II John is not a continuation of John's gospel or his first epistle, it is a cover letter that accompanied the epistle and gospel.”
2 John exhibits key characteristics of a cover letter:
It’s tempting to think of a cover letter as an afterthought. But remember this: a cover letter paves the way for the reader to keep reading.
After all, 2 John became one of the 66 books of the Bible.
A cover letter entices the reader to keep reading.
It’s easy to toss off a simple cover letter as an afterthought. But John’s letter shows me that I need to write persuasively, regardless of how short or long a project is. Let me use that kind of thoughtful care, no matter how seemingly insignificant a project may seem.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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