Spiritually Healthy-3 John 2, 5, 11-12

3 John 2 “The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.             3 John 5 “Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you.” 3 John 11-12 “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone — and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.”

3 Giovanni 2 “Carissimo, io prego che in ogni cosa tu prosperi e goda buona salute, come prospera l’anima tua. 3 Giovanni 5 “Carissimo, tu agisci fedelmente in tutto ciò che fai in favore dei fratelli, per di più stranieri.”  3 Giovanni 11-12 “Carissimo, non imitare il male, ma il bene. Chi fa il bene è da Dio; chi fa il male non ha visto Dio. Chi fa il bene è da Dio; chi fa il male non ha visto Dio.12 A Demetrio è stata resa testimonianza da tutti e dalla stessa verità; e anche noi gli rendiamo testimonianza e tu sai che la nostra testimonianza è vera.” 

     John, the Elder, addresses this Epistle to Gaius, a Christian of Asia Minor. This was probably a different Gaius than the one mentioned in Acts as it was a common Roman name. Three times in these 14 verses, John refers to him as a dear friend (vv. 2, 5, 11). In these instances, John describes a Christian characteristic that he sees in Gaius and offers an encouraging word. In verse 2, he is pleased that his spiritual life is healthy and gives the encouragement that his physical health would also follow suit. 

     In verse 5, John is pleased that Gaius has a spirit of faithfulness and generosity to believers who were passing along the way even if he didn’t know them. Believers who were journeying would usually carry a letter of recommendation so a host would have the assurance of who they were. John commends Gaius because he does it for the “sake of the Name” (3 John 7). We follow an extremely important “godlike” characteristic when we enjoy sacrificing to serve others.                                                   

     In verse 11, he is pleased that Gaius is following a good example in Demetrius. While not always necessarily a good thing “when all men speak well of you” (Luke 6:26), it is commendable when believers see Jesus in you. In choosing good examples in our lives to emulate, John gives two excellent rules to follow: those who have a good witness among others and, secondly, those who are trained in the truth.

Pray with me: Lord, in this short epistle I see some valuable lessons for my spiritual life. Help me to develop a healthy spiritual life, have a gracious heart to serve others and follow good examples of the faith.

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