Reading the Word
3 John 1–4 (ESV)
1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth. 2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Understanding the Word
In all three of his letters, John has made knowing the truth a central issue. The truth he speaks of is the truth regarding the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. False teachers make the error of denying either that Jesus was truly a man or that he was truly God. Both of these truths are necessary for the gospel message to be Good News. John tells us that he has no greater joy than to know that others are walking in the truth.
Applying the Word
What brings you the greatest joy? Is it a prized possession? Is it a favorite vacation place? Is it a favorite food? Is it the truth of God’s word?
As a parent of young children, my greatest desire is to see my children grow up in the knowledge of God’s word and then to see them walk in it. I pray that God will help me to instill in them the truth of his word through times of teaching and how I live my life in front of them. I would trade all of my possessions, vacations, and favorite foods for that.
As a pastor, I desire the same for every individual who is a part of our church family. Nothing brings me greater joy than to see others coming to an understanding of the truth and then living it out in their lives. Praise God for the life-changing truth of the gospel!
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