What Does 3 John 1:4 Mean?

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are living according to the truth.

3 John 1:4(ISV)

Verse Thoughts

The apostle John must have been advancing in years when he wrote this third, brief epistle to his beloved friend Gaius, whom he loved so dearly. Unlike some other followers of Christ, this man of whom the apostle John spoke so warmly, was being a faithful witness to the truth of the gospel – he was walking in spirit and truth. The actions and attitude of this man towards his fellow believers as well as strangers that crossed his path, reflected the lovely Lord Jesus, causing John to write to this brother in Christ, with these words: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

All those that are blood-bought children of God and who are walking in fellowship with the Lord Jesus can be said to be walking in the truth of His word – for those that are born again and living in fellowship with the Lord are those that are living their life in through their new, born-again spirit - their new life in Christ, and not living as carnal believers, who continues to life their Christian lives under the influence of the old sin nature.

Nothing is more thrilling for a Christian parent, or a believer who has been influential in pointing one younger in the faith to the truth of the gospel, than to see them living according to the truth – walking in fellowship with the Lord Jesus – living in submission to the Holy Spirit’s guiding hand – living under the influence of the new man in Christ (and not the old sin nature), and reflecting the grace and truth - love and humility that flows to them, from their Saviour - as they live their Christian lives in spirit an truth.

My Prayer

Loving Father thank You for I am Your child and thank You for those babes in Christ that You have place in my life to shepherd and guide - I pray that all my “children” - all my brothers and sisters in Christ, may living according to Your truth, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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