I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.
Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.
—3 John 9-12
by: Dale Rood.
What a problem Diotrephes was to the church. He wanted to have preeminence, used malicious words, behaved in a wrong manner, and was disrespectful of church leaders. What a contrast Demetrius was. One simple phrase clarifies: “Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone” (v.12). He had a good reputation as a trusted believer. The truth he stood on bore testimony to his righteousness. In this we see Demetrius was not self-seeking, malicious, or disrespectful as was Diotrephes. Are you living in a way that gains the respect of your church?