12/07/19: 3 John 1:1-15; Psalm 126:1-6; Proverbs 29:12-14
I often find myself learning from others. Most often it is from those doing well & I can model their behavior. But sometimes I find myself learning even more by observing others who are performing badly and committing to not follow their pattern.
Like Second John Third John is also a personal letter written to his dear friend Gaius. We see John praising Gaius for his hospitality in welcoming travelers who are spreading the Word of God. Then, we see John condemn a man, Diotrephes, for his actions.
3 John 9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. 10 So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.
We can learn from that within the Christian community there is no place for (1) Pride (2) Gossip (3) Not practicing hospitality to other believers. I believe it is important that we examine our lives to see if we are modeling Gaius or are we letting some of the actions of Diotrephes enter?