WALKING IN THE TRUTH

Scripture Reading: III John 1-8

“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. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (III John 2-4)

The Apostle John wrote this brief letter to Gaius who was a member of one of his churches. John commended Gaius for the hospitality he had shown to some traveling missionaries — “Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God” (vs. 5,6).

The most notable quality of Gaius is found in John’s first commendation — “For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified that you are walking in the truth” (v. 3). Gaius was walking in the truth of the gospel. John said, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (v. 4).

The gospel is the power of God for salvation — “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). The gospel is a powerful force in our lives that enables us to grow in our sanctification. As we grow in our faith, we will learn how to work out the implications of the gospel for every area of our lives. As we are doing this, we are walking in the truth. This is God’s will for us. It brings glory and joy to Him when we are faithful in living out His truths.

Lord Jesus, enable me to walk in the truth. You are the Truth and I cannot walk in Your truth without Your help. I desire to bring joy and glory to You as I seek to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel.

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