Walking in the Truth | 3 John 1:1-4
3 John 1:1-4 The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
In John’s second letter, he addressed the problem of people showing hospitality to those they shouldn’t. In this, his third letter, the problem was with people not showing hospitality to those they should. Diotrephes, the church’s dictatorial leader, was excommunicating those that housed John’s messengers. But John had a friend named Gaius who was faithful to the truth, even in the face of persecution. Gaius walked in the truth.
“Walking in the truth”…what a great description of a true believer! Here the word “walking” is a metaphor for “living.” Gaius was a man of integrity. When he spoke, his words were accurate. He neither exaggerated the facts nor conveniently left out important information. In business, his actions were honest. He did not cut corners or promise things that could never be delivered. At home he was genuine. His character didn’t change when he walked in the door. He was a faithful and loving husband.
“Walking in the truth”…what a great description of a true believer! Does it describe you? Are you walking in the truth? It gives God no greater joy than to hear that His children are walking in the truth.
Father, may we be those who live according to Your word, not according to the world. May we be faithful to the truth in every area of our lives. May we walk in the truth. For Christ’s sake. Amen.