“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.” 3 John 1:11.
Someone new joins the Bible study group you’re in.
They seldom speak, and you often leave wondering what they think. You try to draw them out.
Another person joins that same group and is quick to wax brilliant on every topic. You wish they had less to say.
The instruction in today’s verse fits here: Do what is good.
How does that relate to the over-bearing outsider? I must ask God to enable me to react in a way that pleases Him.
A man named Diotrephes is an outspoken leader in a church. Sadly, his approach to outsiders is godless. And he takes it to the next level by ousting those who are not insiders from his group.
When someone new joins the Bible study I attend, I must treat them in a Godly manner. It may mean listening patiently. I might mean confronting in a Godly way.
I cannot just drift along with God. I must be an active believer. I must do all I can to speak/live as He wants. How I react to new people/settings reveals much about my Christian character.
Conclusion: A tight relationship to God will help me rightly represent Him in every situation.