-John is showing something we all cherish in our hearts—that selfishness that lead us to find others’ behavior, even good deeds, wrong. We tend to underestimate and criticize other brethren who love Jesus and are working for God’s kingdom, for they are not doing their stuff our way. We have such a high standard for others, but it is not the same story for us. We tend to exaggerate in our minds our poor intentions and actions, making ourselves believe we are working more than we should. But who can say that is doing enough. Nevertheless we judge other’s intentions and actions as mediocre, and never are good enough for our standards. O God, have mercy on us. -God is impartial and He is the One to judge, who is in the position to judge. However, we see in the text that His spirit is not critical, but merciful. He is willing to reward, to sympathize and think constructively about others. May we follow His example. We cry, “Help our unbelief.”
John said to him,
Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Juan le dijo:
"Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name,
Maestro, vimos a uno echando fuera demonios en tu nombre,
and we tried to stop him,
y tratamos de impedírselo,
because he was not following us."
porque no nos seguía.
But Jesus said,
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"Do not stop him,
No se lo impidáis,
for no one who does a mighty work in my name
porque no hay nadie que haga un milagro en mi nombre,
will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.
y que pueda enseguida hablar mal de mí.
For the one who is not against us
Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Pues el que no está contra nosotros,
is for us.
por nosotros está.
For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink
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because you belong to Christ
por razón de vuestro nombre, ya que sois seguidores de Cristo,
will by no means lose his reward.
en verdad os digo que no perderá su recompensa.