In our culture today, the concept of truth is a very interesting thing. Some believe in truth but will make a disclaimer that there is no absolute truth. Others will say there is no way to know the truth. However, what both do is they free themselves from being held accountable to a standard, and an absolute one at that. For us, Christians, we realize there is truth and truth is found in the person of Jesus Christ. And it is His words that remind us of where we can go to find truth: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17). The Word of God is where truth can be found. The Bible is our standard. With that in mind, the Apostle John shares with us some words on truth such as the joy found in applying the truth to life and the warning against those who will oppose you. John is glad to hear a testimony about his spiritual children who are walking in the truth (v. 4). The testimony of Christ-followers walking in the truth is a great encouragement to the body of Christ and a great witness to the lost world (vv. 3, 12). To actually see truth played out in love, discernment, and support for the cause of Christ is a remarkable act (vv. 12-15)! However, just as there will be encouragement to walk in the truth and to live in a manner worthy of God, there will also be opposition. There will be people who do not care to live out the truth and the realities of the gospel. They do not want to live in light of the cross nor submit to Jesus as Lord or to those whom He has placed in authority. Rather, they put themselves first and become their own authorities (v. 9). Yet, they are in churches, playing the name game of being a Christian and possibly even a leader. In their pride, they do not repent but do evil. We, nonetheless, are called to be better than that! We must do good. Remembering what Christ has done, we live a life of repentance and faith which is evidenced by our loving God and loving others. Because we know the truth, we must live and walk in it. Even when people oppose the truth, we need to embrace it. It will set you free (John 8:32).
- Read 3 John verses 12-15…how are you doing living out the truth in your life?
- How have you dealt with people who oppose truth? How will you now deal with those same people?