“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 2
Do you remember The Telephone Game that we used to play in elementary school? The game would begin with a group of children sitting in a circle. The game would begin when someone would whisper a sentence into the ear of the child to their right. And you could only say the phrase once! The hearer would then turn to the friend immediately to their right and share what they thought they heard. By the time the phrase is spoken around the circle it typically becomes something completely different!
Today, it seems like our reputations can change as they float around the grapevine just like that phrase going around the circle.
When John writes to his friend, Gaius there might have been a bit of worry on Gaius’ part about what the traveling missionaries had to say about him. However, John has nothing but good things to say about what he has heard regarding Gaius. He is “walking in the truth” (v. 3). Gaius has shown hospitality and loved strangers in an effort to see the Gospel advance (vv. 5-6).
John’s words to Gaius reflect the positive exhortation of keeping the Ninth Commandment. He commends Gaius, promotes his good reputation, and encourages him to continue on in doing good.
This example from John is one we can emulate. Our words should be used to encourage and build up others.
Today, write a note of encouragement to someone whose faith you have been encouraged by and spur them on to greater love and devotion to Christ.
Father, allow me to be intentional to encourage the people you place in my path today. Amen
For Further Reading
3 John 1-8