Confrontation


The Upward Look
© Copyright 2009, Max D. Hutto,

“This is why, if I come, I will remind him of the works he is doing, slandering us with malicious words. And he is not satisfied with that! He not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but he even stops those who want to do so and expels them from the church.”
   3 John 10 HCSB

When the Apostle John next visited this church, he was going to confront Diotrephes who was a leader in the church. Diotrephes was sinning by slandering John and ruling over the church almost like a dictator or a spoiled brat. When Diotrephes could not get his own way, he resorted to telling evil, unjust, malicious things about John. These vicious, hateful attacks against John resulted in Diotrephes refusing hospitality to the missionary brothers John had sent. Diotrephes refused to listen to the missionaries and did all he could to stop others from hearing God’s word from the missionaries or from John.

 Lord Jesus, when I must confront others about sin, help me to be kind and loving, guiding them to repentance and forgiveness. Help me not to be a hindrance to Your work or to Your church.



January 9, 2009

 


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