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The Lenten Journey 2018: Is Your Soul Prospering

The Lenten Journey 2018:

Cleansing Body and Soul, Cleaning Up Our Act in a Toxic World.  

HOW IS YOUR SOUL PROSPERING?

LDSwett“Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.”
3 John 2 (NLT)

The third letter of John is a brief letter to his dear friend, Gaius, acknowledging his faithfulness to God’s truth and thanking him for his hospitality to the itinerant teachers who had passed through the area in the Elder John’s stead. It was also to introduce and encourage the same hospitality for the missionary, Demetrius, who was likely to face the challenges and backlash of Diotrephes – a leader who refused to help anyone working for the Lord. Not only did he refuse them, but he discouraged others from helping them by threatening to put them out of the church for showing hospitality.

John encouraged Gaius not to let Diotrephes threats and bad example influence him, but to remain faithful and continue living in the truth… to keep showing love, extending hospitality and pleasing God in spite of naysayers, challenges, or opposition. The NLT translation of 3 John 2 says, Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. Faithful obedience was a clear sign to John that Gaius’ spirit was strong… that his soul was prosperous.

Can you answer these questions?

1. How is your soul prospering? Is your spirit strong? Are you standing firm on God’s truth?
2. Do you see any outward signs of faithful obedience, love, kindness, and hospitality – even in opposition?
3. Are you still kind to strangers, or even to others in the household of faith, in a time when the news stories say it is no longer safe to help people or be hospitable?
4. Like the Elder John reminded Gaius, follow what is good and continue extending love, kindness, and hospitality in a manner that pleases God… He will take care of you.

Let us pray:

Father God, as we wrap up the season of Lent and prepare to celebrate the sacrificial death and subsequent resurrection of your magnanimous Son, Jesus, we praise, honor and thank you for His incredible gift of salvation and the forgiveness of our sins. We pray the words of encouragement shared throughout this season have been a beacon of your glorious light in a toxic world. We ask that you will keep us as healthy in body as we are strong in spirit, so we can continue to do your will. We love you, we thank you, and we give you all the glory, honor, and praise. In your Son, Jesus’ name, Amen.

L D Swett
Have Life Church
Charlotte, NC



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