Writing to Gaius in 3 John 1
, John said that he loved Gaius in Truth.
John greeted Gaius, and wrote to him that he had "no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the Truth."
He said Gaius was faithful in all that he did. Even the strangers testified his Love before the church. John said that Gaius did well to send them on their journey in a manner that was worthy of God. They went forward in Jesus' Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. John said that we should support people like these, so that we may be fellow workers for the Truth.
John had written something to the church, but Diotrephes did not acknowledge his authority. John said that Diotrephes liked to put himself first, and when he came, he would tell others of what Diotrephes was doing. Diotrephes was speaking wicked nonsense against John. Diotrephes also refused to welcome the brothers, and stops those who want to welcome the brothers, putting them out of the church.
John said not to imitate his evil actions. We should imitate good instead. Whoever does good is from God. Whoever does evil has not seen God. John gave the example of Demetrius who received a good testimony from everyone, and a testimony from the truth itself. John said that as he added to his testimony, people found that the testimony was true.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Are we walking in the Truth? Have we fully examined what we believe to reprove its Truth? Are we testifying the Love of Jesus Christ before others, or the love of someone else? Do we go forward in Jesus' Name telling others the message of the Gospel, or do we spread some other message? Do our pastors refuse to welcome other Christians, and put the members of their own congregation out of the church for doing so? Are we imitating evil or Truth? Do others who hear our message prove it to be true? Do we even have a testimony of Truth?