Tag: 3rd John

Imitate what is good!

Scripture reading for November 27th:  3rd John

It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Our lives as Christians are always examples to those close to us and in our sphere of influence.  We are teaching others by our example what following God looks like.  If you were to be prosecuted for following Jesus, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

“To my dear friend, Gaius, whom I love in the truth.  Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul  is getting along well.  It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell me of your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.”  (3 John 2-3)  John wrote to an elder and personal friend to encourage him.  John had been encouraged and filled with joy to hear a good report of hospitality shown to preachers of the gospel by this elder.  He was setting a good example and was commended.

“I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, would have nothing to do with us.  So, if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us.  Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers.  He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.  Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.”   (3 John 8-11)  In contrast to Gaius, Diotrephes was a bad example.  He was not showing hospitality and was tearing down the brotherhood and church unity through gossip.  He was an abusive church leader who needed to be exposed and corrected!  Bad examples often spread their evil!  Imitate what is good!

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Sunday rest and reflection!

Scripture reading for December 21st: 3rd John

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3rd John 2

John opens his letter with a greeting to his personal friend, Gaius, and a short prayer for him.  Prayer should shape everything we do.  It is an act of love coming from a soul that is healthy and focused on God’s will and desire to love and bless others.  This short prayer reveals John’s heart for his friend and blesses him and us today, as well!

“It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3rd John 3-4

Our reputation gets around in the church.  If we are faithful and walk in the truth, everyone knows about it.  Faithfulness brings great joy to God and to those in authority in the church.  Those in authority have to give an account to the Lord for those they oversee.  (Hebrews 13:17)  When pastors talk to the Lord about those who are disobedient and unfaithful, it brings sorrow and painful intercession!  Gaius had been walking in the truth and blessing visiting missionaries by providing for their needs.  He demonstrated Christ’s love to those preaching the gospel and was commended!

“I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us.  So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us.  Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers.  He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.” (3rd John 9-10)

Diotrephes was one of those brothers that was causing pain to the Apostle and others in the body of Christ.  A bad reputation also spreads around and must be dealt with.  If the person will not change and repent after confrontation, others in the church must be warned so that they are not caught up in the sins.  This letter shows how John was doing this.  He wanted to come personally and deal with the situation, and would soon if he could.

This short letter shows us how our personal attitudes and actions affect others and are known in the body of Christ.  Leaders must have a good reputation.  When you love to be first like Diotrephes, this selfishness causes troubles and indicates that you are not from God.  (3rd John 11)  If you are a loving servant, like Gaius and Demetrius (3rd John 12), you show by your love that Christ’s love and truth is in you!  It’s pretty simple really!  There’s no greater joy for a pastor than to have God’s people walking in truth and love!

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Prosperity and health!

Scripture reading for December 21st: 3rd John

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3rd John 2)  John opened his letter with a greeting to his personal friend, Gaius, and a short prayer for him.

“It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (3rd John 3-4)  If we are faithful and walk in the truth, everyone knows about it.  Faithfulness brings great joy to God and to those in authority in the church.  Those in authority have to give an account to the Lord for those they oversee.  (Hebrews 13:17)  When pastors talk to the Lord about those who are disobedient and unfaithful, it brings sorrow and painful intercession!  Gaius had been walking in the truth and blessing visiting missionaries by providing for their needs.  He demonstrated Christ’s love to those preaching the gospel and was commended!

“I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us.  So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us.  Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers.  He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.” (3rd John 9-10)

Diotrephes was one of those brothers that was causing pain to the Apostle and others in the body of Christ.  A bad reputation also becomes known.   If the person will not change and repent, others in the church must be warned so that they are not caught up in these sins.  John wanted to come personally and deal with the situation.

This short letter shows us how our personal attitudes affect others and are known in the body of Christ.  Leaders must have a good reputation.  When you love to be first like Diotrephes, selfishness indicates that you are not from God.  (3rd John 11)  If you are a loving servant, like Gaius and Demetrius (3rd John 12), you show by your love that Christ’s love and truth is in you!   There’s no greater joy for a pastor than to have God’s people walking in truth and love!

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Soul Prosperity!

Scripture reading for December 22nd: 3rd John

The shortest book of the New Testament was also written by John and addressed to his friend Gaius.  This pastor and apostle loved to encourage and correct his people, preparing them for the coming of the Lord.  He desired their prosperity and health in spirit, soul, and body.  He knew that the key to this health was a prospering soul that walked in love and truth, and he prayed accordingly.  (3 John 2)

John had great joy to hear of the faithfulness of Gaius to walk in the truth.  In fact, no greater joy could be found by him than to hear of his children in the faith walking in truth.  John encouraged Gaius to show hospitality to those who went out to preach the Gospel.  Hospitality is love in action toward those who love the truth.  It meets the needs that are there, providing what one has to be used to bless others.

Not everyone in the church was such a good example. “I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us.  So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us.  Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome brothers.  He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.” (3rd John 9-10)   Pride and love of position blinds people to truth.  The devil can easily manipulate a prideful person because that was his own downfall!  John promised to call attention to his evil deeds when he came in person.  This person was also a leader in the church and was hindering the true work of God.  We must be discerning about the character of those who lead.  Those wanting to be first are not the ones to put in charge!

John closes with a commendation of Demetrius as a good example.  He encourages Gaius to imitate what was good, not the evil example of Diotrephes.  John would have much more to say in person when he came.  We are all examples of one sort or another.  Our lives and attitudes either reflect a relationship with Christ or we are living for the enemy of our soul.  These examples were found inside the early church and remind us today to examine our own witness.

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No Greater Joy!

Scripture reading for December 21st: 3rd John

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3rd John 2

John opens his letter with a greeting to his personal friend, Gaius, and a short prayer for him.  Prayer should shape everything we do.  It is an act of love coming from a soul that is healthy and focused on God’s will and His desire to love and bless others.  This short prayer reveals John’s heart for his friend and blesses him and us today, as well!

“It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3rd John 3-4

Our reputation gets around in the church.  If we are faithful and walk in the truth, everyone knows about it.  Faithfulness brings great joy to God and to those in authority in the church.  Those in authority have to give an account to the Lord for those they oversee.  (Hebrews 13:17)  When pastors talk to the Lord about those who are disobedient and unfaithful, it brings sorrow and painful intercession!  Gaius had been walking in the truth and blessing visiting missionaries by providing for their needs.  He demonstrated Christ’s love to those preaching the gospel and was commended!

“I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us.  So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us.  Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers.  He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.” (3rd John 9-10)

Diotrephes was one of those brothers that was causing pain to the Apostle and others in the body of Christ.  A bad reputation also spreads around and must be dealt with.  If the person will not change and repent after confrontation, others in the church must be warned so that they are not caught up in the sins.  This letter shows how John was doing this.  He wanted to come personally and deal with the situation, and would soon if he could.

This short letter shows us how our personal attitudes and actions affect others and are known in the body of Christ.  Leaders must have a good reputation.  When you love to be first like Diotrephes, this selfishness causes troubles and indicates that you are not from God.  (3rd John 11)  If you are a loving servant, like Gaius and Demetrius (3rd John 12), you show by your love that Christ’s love and truth is in you!  It’s pretty simple really!  There’s no greater joy for a pastor than to have God’s people walking in truth and love!

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