“I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink;” (3 John 13)
There are some things that are better said face to face. Words can be twisted as we have seen in this passage of Scripture, but matters of the heart are conveyed in relationship. How can one hear the truth unless one hears a preacher bring the truth in person. There is a reason the church has grown the way it has. With this passage, heed the warning and listen carefully to make sure the whole Gospel is being given and not the filtered word of one who is not giving the whole Gospel.
Lord, grant that I would have a discerning ear to hear the truth and follow You. Guide me through Your Word to know when the Word is being spoken. Lead me O Lord to listen to Your Word alone and see in You the truth alone. Lord, You are the One who leads and You have a reason for all things. Lead me Lord to hear what You would have me hear and leave behind all other things.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for leading me in the way of truth. Guide me now and always to hold fast to the truth You have spoken first to the disciples and now to me. May I be one who listens carefully and holds fast to Your Word of truth. Lead me now and always that I may speak what is good and do what You direct me to do. In all things, may I become a person who loves as You love. Amen.