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They will know we are Christians by our love

I wanted to write a brief note this morning based on a passage from  3 John. In this letter John is writing to Gaius a dear friend of his. In this letter John warns Gaius not to imitate the evil that he sees in some part of the church.

3 John: 10 So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.  11 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.

Do you know anyone like this? What it looks like to me is that John is talking about loving all brother and sisters in Christ and welcoming them. We as a Church must head the warning of John here and welcome other believers. Note what John calls evil.

1) Not welcoming other belivers

2) Trying to stop others from welcoming them.

When I read this it looks as though John will expose this evil when he visits the place of his friend Gaius. So, this morning I hope you will join me in confessing that the practice of exclusion fellow believers is evil. Encouraging other to also exclude them is evil. And that we should welcome fellow believers in the name of the Lord whenever we get the opportunity.

 

2 Responses to They will know we are Christians by our love

  1. I can see that you are making an effort to continue to love and respect others. It is a hard thing when people abuse you. I have taken on a task with a family member that I never would have dreamed is so hard. I can only see down the path that it will get harder until the end. Even so I have made a commitment and I will if God is willing see it through. My lack of knowledge about how to quietly reprimand a person for being cruel so that the point is made and the behavior stops is really showing. I have had private talks with this person and hopefully an agreement will be kept. No guarantees with it.

  2. Ratana says:

    so do the words…(which I take it you scbsuribe to…”once saved…always saved”) show up in scripture.Or is it an inference without any regard to the warnings which should serve to alert someone who has mouthed the “prayer”?

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