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Do you really want to be first?

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us. 3 John 9

How do you want to be remembered?

I'm sure Diotrephes had no idea that all of Christendom would remember him as one who loved to be first! His rejection of the Apostle John wasn't a very wise choice.

Since all of Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit, I wonder if Jesus had anything to do with the way Diotrephes is remembered. Wouldn't you want the world to know how someone had harmed your best friend? I'm sure Jesus carries no malice, for He is without sin. But it makes me chuckle when I consider how we remember an adversary of the "one Jesus loved."

Lord, I know what it is to have a best friend who has been harmed by someone. My human nature wants to tell the world about it. But it is not my place. Give me a heart of compassion and forgiveness. Help me to be remembered as on who is content with being last rather than first.

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