Gems 2014 — December 8 Scripture Selection: III John

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Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

December 8 Scripture Selection: III John

Food for Thought: III John vs. 9-12

What a stark difference between Diotrophes and Demetrius! Diotrephes is an example of one who, under the guise of religion, enjoyed the oppressive power and authority given him and showed no fruit of the Spirit. In fact, he rejected those who did and attacked them with malicious words, something godly leaders would not do. He seemed to do the complete opposite of what Peter instructs godly leaders to do in I Peter 5:2, 3: “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”

Demetrius, on the other hand, had a good testimony from all, including the apostle John whose example of how to…

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