3 John 1
Just as John rejoices when he sees fellow believers walking in the truth, God’s greatest joy also comes when a sinner repents, turns to Christ, and begins walking in the truth that is Christ.
(5-12) Support and Opposition
John recalls Diotrephes, who was an opposition in ministry, and Demetrius, who was a support in ministry. Diotrephes put himself first, refused to respect authority, talked wicked nonsense against other Christians, and refused to welcome other believers. He was so unwelcoming that he put those who were welcoming out of the church. On the other hand, Demetrius was the opposite of Diotrephes, and people had only good things to say about him.
Throughout our lives, we should imitate good and not evil. In imitating good, we are imitating God. Let’s live and work and love in such a way that others will remember us in a positive light.
(13-14) Final Greetings
Even though John didn’t have this in mind when he wrote this letter, I think it is important for us to remember the value of face-to-face interaction with people because of the digital times in which we live. It’s nice to talk on the phone or write someone a letter (although, letter writing has sort of gone out of style). It’s great to tweet someone or send a Facebook message. It’s even better to Skype with someone or do a video chat. But nothing beats actually seeing a beloved family member or friend in person, physically touching them, and talking with them face-to-face.
Favorite verse: (11) Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.