Do you have the Diotrephes spirit?

“I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the pre-eminence among them, does not receive us.”

'Don't Look Back'

The Word for Today devotional by United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) says:

Some people are so insecure and easily threatened that they feel a need to tear down anyone they perceive as a competitor. Consider Diotrephes, one of the New Testament church leaders.

He found himself in a real dilemma when John recommended some gifted teachers of the gospel to come and speak at his church. Plagued with insecurity, Diotrephes feared their visit would threaten his own pre-eminence, so he refused to allow them to come.

John, upset with Diotrephes’ behaviour, outlined to his friend Gaius how he planned to deal with it. ‘I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the pre-eminence among them, does not receive us.

Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds, which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.

Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does well is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God’ (vv. 9-11 NKJV). The sad truth is that you will find the spirit of Diotrephes alive and well in both secular and sacred organisations.

They cast aspersions on newcomers perceived as threatening. They accuse bright, talented women of getting ahead by means other than their skills, talents, and qualifications. They look for chinks in their victims’ armour.

But contrary to what they think, diminishing another person’s image isn’t going to enhance theirs. The origin of our word for ‘devil’ comes from diablos, literally translated as ‘to slander’. To slander, then, is to do the devil’s work!

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Clubless Super Eagles star Kelechi Nwakali surprisingly rejects ₦9.9million salary

Clubless Super Eagles star Kelechi Nwakali surprisingly rejects ₦9.9million salary

Nollywood veteran actor Kenneth Aguba reportedly homeless

Nollywood veteran actor Kenneth Aguba reportedly homeless

Here are 5 things you must do immediately after you have s*x

Here are 5 things you must do immediately after you have s*x

Burning woman grabs husband as he sets her ablaze over divorce

Burning woman grabs husband as he sets her ablaze over divorce

2023: Kwankwaso explains why Labour Party can’t win presidential election

2023: Kwankwaso explains why Labour Party can’t win presidential election

5 s*x positions that guarantees orgasms

5 s*x positions that guarantees orgasms

El-rufai endorsed as Tinubu’s running mate

El-rufai endorsed as Tinubu’s running mate

Israel Adesanya survives Drake curse with victory against Jared Cannonier

Israel Adesanya survives Drake curse with victory against Jared Cannonier

'I have never raised my hand to hit my wife' - Chacha Eke's estranged husband speaks

'I have never raised my hand to hit my wife' - Chacha Eke's estranged husband speaks