Imitators Of Good

In 3 John 1:11, John gives a straightforward instruction to his Christian readers: “Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.”

John says that if you see someone doing something good and righteous then do that. If you see someone doing something evil and wrong then don’t do that. It’s not complicated. We are to learn from God through His Word what are good things and what are sinful things. Then we are to do the good and stay away from the bad. We have to find out what the will of God is and what is pleasing to Him (Ephesians 5:10, 17). And then do it. We are to abhor what is evil and cling to what is good (Romans 12:9). We are to abstain from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22).

If we choose to do good then we are proving ourselves to be of God. If we choose to do wrong then we are proving ourselves to not know God. We are to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1). We cannot call ourselves Christians, followers of Christ if we are not imitating His righteousness. We are to follow the examples of those who are imitating God.

So what are you imitating? What am I imitating? Are we filling our daily lives with the good tings of God? Or are we imitating the sins of the world?

Don’t imitate evil. Imitate good! Imitate God. Imitate Christ. Those who do the will of the Father will go to Heaven. Those who sin will go to Hell. Who will you imitate? Where do you want to spend eternity? Choose the goodness of God over the sins of this world.


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