May you prosper in every way

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Christian community”
Our Bible verse for today: “Dear friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and are in good health, just as your whole life is going well.” 3 John 2 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “May you prosper in every way”
As human beings we are God’s highest form of creation and we are very complex. Our being consists of body, mind, and spirit, and all three are inextricably connected. Each impacts the other. If your physical body is suffering that will impact you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Likewise, if you are suffering mentally, emotionally, or spiritually, that will have a negative effect on you physically. In order to be fully healthy and truly thriving we must be healthy in body, mind, and spirit.
That is what John was praying for his friend Gaius. John prayed that Gaius would prosper “in every way.” And, evidently, John had heard that Gaius was in fact doing well in his whole life, and he was pleased to hear that. How pleased are you to hear that your brothers and sisters are doing well in all areas of life, and how much do you want that for them? Do you pray that for them? Do you even try to help them achieve it? An important part of Christian community is that we want the best for each other and we are willing to take steps and create conditions to help each other be whole – to be well in all areas of life.
Of course, church life must focus first and most on our spiritual well-being. If your church isn’t helping you to be spiritually healthy then you need to change churches. But how about physically, mentally, emotionally, and maybe even financially? Does your church promote good physical, mental, emotional, and financial health? Do the members help and encourage one another to be healthy in those ways too? 
Being spiritually healthy will go a long way towards promoting good mental and emotional health if the teaching and preaching clearly shows how Biblical principles can be applied to mental and emotional issues. But likewise, spiritual nurture should also include sound teaching about good stewardship of our finances and of our bodies. The Bible does teach that our body and our money are gifts from God that are to be properly cared for and used for His glory.
Good Christian community promotes, encourages, and practices the health of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. So, let’s help each other to be healthy and whole in all of life.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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