Dear friend, I pray that you enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. (3 John 1:2 NIV)
Imagine receiving a card in the mail from someone that you haven’t heard from in a long time, praying that all is well with your life. It would definitely boost your spirits and make you have a warm fuzzy feeling.
When John [the disciple loved by Jesus] wrote this letter to Elder Gaius, he expressed encouragement and spiritual congratulations. “For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 John 3:3-4). Yes, John witnessed to Gaius who not only embraced the truth when he heard it but was also faithful to the truth in his daily walk with God.
With humility and obedience, Gaius actively helped others–“Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, 6 who have borne witness of your love before the church.” (3 John 3:5-6). Obviously, John received word from others regarding the Elder’s activity because verses 5-6 commend Gaius’ generosity to those in need.
Dear Friend: I pray that all is well with you. Our lives are not our own. We agreed to become His disciple when we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. Live by the truth, be a witness of Jesus’ love and saving power. Do justly, and help those in need. Live in expectation. Our destination is Heaven! And above all, put God first! Love always, your Sister-in-Christ.