“It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it” (2 John 1.3 NIV).
Some friends went to visit the Apostle John, and they got to brag on another Believer in Christ. Instead of spending time gossiping or criticizing other church members, they expounded on this person’s faithfulness. This message of someone’s generosity and love towards others gave John great joy—so much so that he had to write about it. Many times we do need to be alerted to the negative actions of others, so we can deal with problems according to God’s Word if we are called. Otherwise, we should be looking for the good in people and sharing the joy of all their accomplishments. Those who don’t like when people do well are allowing their joy to be choked out by pride. They want to be “first,” and can’t stand when other people succeed. But what they forget is that when other Christians do well in love and truth, the message of Jesus Christ will thrive. As Believers, we want our brothers and sisters in Christ to accomplish great things in God’s Kingdom. We know that when other Christians do well, the people of the world will take notice and wonder what is the driving force of their achievements. They will soon discover that Jesus Christ is the basis of all that is good in their lives, and just maybe they too will accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it” (1 Corinthians 12.26 NIV).