2013-06-19 - What Would Diotrephes Say?
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil - but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. (3 John 1:11)
Is it a crime to like to talk? I do not classify myself as a gossip, although John does. I do not believe I am hurting anyone with my words. After all, no one was forced to listen. The disciple John wrote a letter, telling me to support the missionaries who come calling. I am sure the missionaries do a good job telling people about Jesus Christ. Did John ever think I was being careful to protect my flock? I am the leader here, not John.
John told his friend Gaius to watch out for people like me, to imitate those who do kind deeds instead. My intentions are good; that should count for something. I know John is doing what he believes is right. So am I. At least we agree on something.
Lord, Help me to listen as well as talk to You. That way, I don't miss the important things I need to know. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.