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Verse of the Week - 3 John 1:2 ESV

"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul."

3 John 1-2

Beloved,

Here we find the words of John to Gaius, a dear friend of John's and a companion to Paul.  John calls Gaius 'Beloved', which captures the same loving spirit that God has towards those who truly love Him.

I pray that all may go well with you

John is very much aware of the temptations and mental conflicts that  come with serving God.  We live in a world that widely rejects the 'Word of God', and even His existence.  He prays that all will be well for his friend Gaius, knowing all that he has already gone through.  Like Gaius, Christians are often persecuted for standing firm in their faith, but God knows the challenges you face.  We are reminded of this in John 15:20.

"Remember what I told you: A servant is not greater than his master.  If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also".

and that you may be in good health,

God's desire is that you remain well and in good health.  He wants you to build your life upon the solid rock of Jesus and His truth.  He already knows the resistance you will face, but he desires that you keep steadfast in your faith, until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

as it goes well with your soul.

Be in good spiritual health, just like Gaius was.  Walk with a clear conscious before the Lord.  John's hope was that Gaius's general well-being would be the same as his spiritual well-being.  Your physical, mental and spiritual health will all prosper at the knowledge of your Father in heaven and the promises we obtain through his son Jesus Christ.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble; but take heart, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NIV

A Peom for the Lord

"Dear Lord

You are my guiding light, the wind in my sails
You give me strength to keep on going
Although sometimes I fail
You watch me as I rest
You protect me as I sleep
You are the Good Shepherd
And I am one of your sheep
Thank you heavenly Father
For loving me so deep
I'll stand up strong, and keep my faith
Until the day we meet

Amen

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