III John

 

III John 

            This letter is from John the Elder.  He wrote to his dear friend Gaius, whom He loved in the truth.  John’s prayer is that I enjoy good health and that all is going well with me, even as my soul is doing well!  It brought John great joy to hear from Christ followers that Gaius continued to live in the truth.  

            Like John, I can have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.  I am being a faithful Christ follower when I take care of those who travel through serving the Lord; especially when they are strangers to me.  It speaks to the church regarding how to love others.

When they leave, I should send them on their way in a manner that pleases God.  For they are traveling around serving the Lord and do not receive help from those who are not Christ followers.  Therefore, I should help support them, so that I may partner with them for the truth!

John had written a letter to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among everyone, did not accept what he said.  When John comes to visit them, he is going to report on the unjust things Diotrephes does and the wicked way he speaks about everyone.  This isn’t all, as he does not receive the Christ followers traveling through town.  He even forbids others from helping the traveling teachers and puts those who try to help out of the church.

I should not imitate that which is evil, but I should follow what is good.  When I am doing good, my life is proving that I am a child of God.  Those who do evil show that they do not know God.  Demetrius is an example of someone who is well spoken of by everyone – and even by truth itself.  John also speaks well of him, and everyone trusts him to speak the truth.

John had many other things to write, but he did not want to do so with a letter.  He hoped to see everyone soon, so they could talk face to face.  He closes this letter extending God’s peace to me!  Also, the friends with him send their greetings and John asks for his friends there to be personally greeted by name.

 

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