Expressing Love
3 John 1

The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2008, Max D. Hutto,

“The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.” 3 John 1 NASB

John begins this letter by calling himself “the elder.” This title could refer to someone of mature age, but it was typically used to refer to the pastor or leader of a church. At that time John was both an old man and a pastor. He writes this letter to his dear friend, Gaius. Gaius was a common name of that time with several people by that name mentioned in the New Testament. John warmly greets Gaius by expressing his love for him as a brother in Christ. John’s love was grounded in the truth of Jesus Christ. His love was an expression of Jesus’ great love and based on the truth found in Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus, I am thankful to have brothers and sisters in Christ that I love. Help me to demonstrate Your love to all I meet.


  September 26, 2008

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