Diotrephes & Demetrius

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.

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Imitate Good

Today’s reading is 3 John 1.

I get it. Some passages in the Bible are really complex. You’ve read them again and again and you still wonder exactly what they mean. But have you ever read anything in the Bible and you just said, “Well, duh. That is so simple; why didn’t I think of that?” How about this one: “Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good.” Well, duh. That is so simple; why didn’t I think of that? Sure, there are lots of complex theological principles to discover and learn, so we need to keep reading our Bibles. But lets start with this very practical, simple bit of advice. Don’t imitate people who are doing bad things, imitate people who are doing good. Start by imitating Jesus. Let’s see how that works today.

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 1.

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