3 John 1–4 (ESV)
The author of 3 John is the Apostle John. He is writing
a letter to a church, possibly the church in Ephesis. There is a problem with someone named Diotrephes We are not given a lot of details, but we know that John is not happy that Diotrephes is in a power struggle, or perhaps some other problem.
We know that he is not offering hospitality to John or his missionaries who have visited the church.
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 h ealth, 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.
The greeting or introduction to the letter states that the writer is “The elder”
who is John, and the letter is addressed to Gaius. Gaius is set apart and introduced as “whom I (John) love in truth.” Gaius is in good standing with John. Verse 2, John prays that everthing goes well and for good health.
John has rejoiced when Gaius and some of his missionaries came and testified that what Gaius is teaching and how he is living is in line with God’s truth. Verse 4 is not only John’s joy, but part of my prayer for my own children. “I
have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” The children are fellow believers, but I do pray and rejoice that my own children are walking in the ways of the Lord. The ways of the Lord weigh heavy on them
which brings their own trials. Remember that trials are to be considered a joy according to James. It would really weigh heavy on me if my children ventured away from the faith. At times, I see them struggle and I have to sit back and let
them fall, yet be there to help them and give them wisdom and nudge them, but not to override them. It is their struggle and they grow from them. As John says, there is no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
This also applies to the members of my congregation. The hardest part is having to step in and correct incorrect actions. We will see this in tomorrow’s message. I pray: Lord, I pray for my own children to walk according to
the ways of the Lord, that they my marry Christian spouses that walk according to the ways of the Lord, and that their children will walk according to the ways of the Lord. Help all of us to testify to your truth. In Jesus Christ’s name I