Jesus: The Ultimate Action Hero
Here, John complains that someone outside the “in” group was doing kingdom work.
The truth is that if someone out of mercy helps another be freed from a demon through the power of Jesus, they are not going to turn around and tell people not to believe or trust in Jesus.
You’ve done your best to serve the Lord, your family, or this community, and nobody seems to appreciate it.
Even as a simple act of kindness has with it great rewards, so too are there great punishments for those who prey on the young ones in the Lord.
Take drastic measures, if need be, to keep yourself from being scandalized in your own relationship with Christ.
Don’t worry about the faults of others. Take care of your own faults by humbly admitting your need of Christ and getting help from Him.
That is, speak words of peace and encouragement. Help those young believers find joy in their service for Christ, because they’re going to have enough trouble as it is in this life.
We never know what other people are dealing with, and the last thing they need is somebody putting them down.
You see, we truly help people not with harsh words of criticism. No. We help them with words of grace and peace, seasoned with salt.