Today’s reading is 3 John 1.
As First John seems to be somewhat a commentary on John’s gospel. Second John seems to summarize First John. And then Third John provides an illustration of Second John. According to Second John, we are not supposed to greet (which means more than just saying, “Hi,” but is a greeting with acceptance) those who do not walk in truth. However, Diotrephes, who longed to have pre-eminence in his congregation, refused to greet even the apostles let along the faithful brethren who submitted to the apostles teaching. On the other hand, Demetrius was a faithful brother who should be greeted and accepted by the brethren. I pray that I live in such a way that an apostle would give me such a commendation. I pray that you will do the same. And notice ultimately from where that commendation came. Yes, he received a good testimony from “everyone,” but more importantly, he received a good testimony from the truth. When we walk in truth and love, we will obtain a good testimony. How will you walk today?
Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 1.