January 21, 2024

Committed to Truth

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth…I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.—3 John 1:1–4

Five of the verses in this short letter deal with truth. (The writer was continuing a theme from 2 John, which also focused on truth.) He stated that the letter was written to Gaius, a man John loved in truth. Thus, truth was the basis of their relationship. John found great joy in knowing that people like his colleagues and disciples walked in truth.

John was concerned with truth as it applied to all the people he loved. He wanted them to know the truth and to live in it.

He made it clear that a commitment to truth is fundamental to a life of health and prosperity and essential for believers. Truth should be the standard by which we judge others. All of us should seek to “become fellow workers for the truth” (v. 8).

Truth should be our motivation. We should be careful not to focus on flattery or manipulation but on things that are true (Philippians 4:8). Being truthful should be a characteristic of our lives and part of our testimony. As people think about us, they should be able to trust us, knowing our commitment to the truth.

As you read these words, may your heart burn with the same kind of passion that fueled John. Learn to treasure truth, so others know you are speaking words of truth. Seek to be an example for others to imitate.

Reflection Question: What happens when you bend the truth—even a little?

Prayer
Father, help me be committed to truth. Use me to speak the truth to others and be a trustworthy witness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
3 John 1

Prayer
Father, help me be committed to truth. Use me to speak the truth to others and be a trustworthy witness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
3 John 1