Every Leader’s Worst Nightmare

Bible Shorts, Part 5, 3 John

By Rick Morris, November 05, 2023

“Good leaders lead by personal influence and example. They don’t demand allegiance or unilateral loyalty but rather influence action from a humble-yet-confident posture. Bad leaders lead by title and dictation. They demand work done in their way and refuse to relinquish control. They project outward confidence to mask deep insecurity.”


1. Gaius was spiritually healthy.

Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. (v. 2)

2. Gaius had a good reputation.

Some of the traveling teachers recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth. (v. 3)

3. Gaius lived out his faith.

that you are living according to the truth. 4I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth. (v. 3b-4)

4. Gaius treats everyone with love and kindness.

Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. 6They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. (v. 5-6)


1. Diotrephes does not respect authority.

I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. (v. 9)

2. Diotrephes was a gossip, he has a critical spirit and he’s power hungry.

For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with malicious words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brothers either, and he forbids those who want to do so and puts them out of the church. (v. 10)

3. Diotrephes is a bad example to others.

Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does what is good is of God; the one who does what is evil has not seen God. (v. 11)