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"Are You Healthy?"

3 John 2
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

John’s prayer for the beloved Gaius was that he would prosper in all things and be in health and that these would be in proportion to his soul’s health. It is not wrong to pray for good health and to seek to be prosperous. But what is wrong is placing little weight on the soul’s condition. While we know there are many whose physical health supersedes their souls’ health. We also know that there are others still whose spiritual health dwarfs their physical condition.
The question for each of us to ask is “What would my prosperity and health be like if such were in proportion to my soul?” What would my status in life be like? What would I feel like? Would I have heart problems because my heart is not right with God (Acts 8:21)? Would my bones rot due to envy (Prov. 14:30)? Would my appetite be morbid due to a lack of hunger for spiritual things (Matt. 5:6)? What would my hearing be like (2 Tim. 4:3, 4)? How well would my vision and memory be (2 Pet. 1:9)?
Would I want John to make this prayer for me?

by: Steven J. Wallace, 12/18/2017

Related Bible Verses

  • "You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God" (Acts 8:21)
  • "A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones" (Prov. 14:30))
  • "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16)
  • "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled" (Matt. 5:6)
  • "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables" (2 Timothy 4:3, 4)
  • "For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins " (2 Pet. 1:9)
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