Wednesday, July 19 | Faithfulness to the Truth
Read 3 John 1:1–6
To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God.
In his letter, John praises his friend Gaius for being faithful to the truth by walking in the truth he professes. It’s one thing to know the truth or to say we believe the truth. But what does it mean to be faithful to the truth? John’s words in this passage make clear that being faithful to the truth means that our actions demonstrate what we know to be true and what we say we believe. So, if we say we believe that Jesus is Lord, but we continue to live like those who believe otherwise, are we being faithful to the truth? Or if we say we have placed our trust in Jesus Christ, but our lives demonstrate that, really, our trust rests in money or government or a particular relationship, are we being faithful to the truth? Of course, growing in faithfulness, like all the fruit of the Spirit, is a process, and we are all flawed. But as we act to align our actions with our beliefs, our faithfulness to the truth grows.
- Consider whether, upon examination, an objective person could praise you for your faithfulness to the truth, as John did for his friend Gaius. Where do you see that your beliefs do not line up with your actions? In what areas do you say one thing but do something different?
- Take a couple of minutes to reflect on the words of Psalm 15. What do you sense God inviting you to change?
God, I long to walk in the truth—to be faithful to what I know and believe. I want what I know and believe to align with my actions. I need Your help. Grow my ability to act out the truth that Jesus is Lord, that He has set me free, and that Your Holy Spirit is alive and active within me, empowering me to act with strength, truth, and hope. Shine a light on those areas of my life where I’m still hiding from the truth, still leaning into darkness. May it be said of me that I walk in the truth. Amen.
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