I wonder how many of us might be well spoken of not only by those who are in the truth, but by the truth itself. Truth in this context certainly points to and has its fulfillment in the one who called himself the way, the truth and the life.
In the short letter from which is the quote above, Demetrius is in contrast to Diatrophes who loves to be first, who speaks against the apostle or elder John, and whose deeds are evil. Demetrius’ deeds are good and to be imitated by those in the church.
The truth is fully orbed, taking in everything of God’s will for humans and for each of us. We know better at certain points, but I wonder sometimes just how much better we are becoming through that knowledge. Maybe at times we need to become more and more broken in our weakness and indeed sin, so that the needed change can come. We won’t reach sinless perfection in this life so that the need for needed sensitivity to sin by the work of the Spirit and ongoing confession of sin continues throughout this life.
To be well spoken of by the truth does not necessarily mean to be well spoken of by others. But the faithful should have eyes to see what is good, even while others may not.
At any rate this is a good goal for ourselves. With God’s help that we will grow more and more to become those who are well spoken of by the truth itself in and through Jesus.