Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Dear friend, do not imitate what is bad but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does what is bad has not seen God. 3 John 1.11
John is writing to Gaius, a faithful brother in the church. In the congregation where he participated, it would appear that Diotrephes was trying to control people by telling them who to receive and who not to receive.
John tells Gaius not to imitate what is bad, but what is good. There are two choices in life: good and bad. It is not man that determines what is good and what is bad. It is God who determines what is good or bad. We find this written in his word.
It is interesting to note that both men were a part of the same congregation, but Diotrephes had allowed sinful attitudes to take over in his life.
In every congregation, there will be those who are worthy of imitating and those who are not. We will know by their fruits. The question each one needs to consider is if I am worthy of imitating. Paul said that we should be imitators of him just as he is of Christ, 1 Corinthians 11.1. Would John encourage someone to imitate me?