November 29/3John

Verse 1 > John said to Gaius that he truly loved him. When you truly love someone they know that they can be themselves around you. They know that they have the freedom to make a mistake. They know they won’t be judged by what they wear or the things that they have. They know they can be transparent. They also know that if they need to be confronted on an issue or on a behavior that doesn’t line up with scripture that they can trust you to do it lovingly and firmly; because they know that you bathed them in prayer before you came to them. See how the Father handled Adam and Eve. See how Jesus handled Peter in John 21. Our Lord Jesus truly loves us!

Verse 2 > would you want your health to be as strong as your spirit? Or would you want your spirit to be as strong as your health? It seems like in America we invest more time and money into having healthy strong bodies than we do to have healthy strong spirits. Just an observation.

Verse 3 > Gaius apparently had a reputation for investing in a strong spirit. He did this by being faithful to live out the Word of God that he had spent time studying.

Acts 11:24 (NLT) — 24 Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord.

Verse 4 > Amen to this verse if you are a parent.

Verses 5-8 > A strong spirit is also made by taking care of other believers. Do you know a believer that you could bless right now? Strengthen your spirit by exercising it to bless someone who knows and lives for the Lord. Maybe it is someone who has mentored you in your Christian faith.  Gaius was also known for his generosity. A strong spirit is a generous spirit. Generosity was a strength of spirit of the early Church.

Acts 4:32–37 (NLT) — 32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need. 36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.

Verses 9-10 > Diotrephes was strong in body but weak in spirit. He may have looked authoritative and strong but he was weak because he didn’t stand for the truth. He was letting false teachers into the church and keeping the true ones like John out. Make sure you are allowing the truth into your spirit; anything else will weaken your spirit just like eating Twinkies will weaken your body! FYI Americans spent approximately $500 million on Twinkies last year; according to Mental Floss.

Verse 11 > Where do you get your example for living from? Who do you imitate? If you couldn’t speak would anyone know that you know God?

Verse 12 > Be a Demetrius; someone that other people of the faith speak highly of.

Proverbs 27:2 (NLT) — 2 Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth— a stranger, not your own lips.

Proverbs 31:28 (NLT) — 28 Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:

Proverbs 31:30 (NLT) — 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mark Gundersen says

    In 3 John we are once again encouraged to attach ourselves to others in the family of God and not follow those who are motivated by jelousy and pride.