3 John 1

1-8 Those who are beloved of Christ, will love the brethren for

his sake. Soul prosperity is the greatest blessing on this side

heaven. Grace and health are rich companions. Grace will employ

health. A rich soul may be lodged in a weak body; and grace must

then be exercised in submitting to such a dispensation. But we

may wish and pray that those who have prosperous souls, may have

healthful bodies; that their grace may shine where there is

still more room for activity. How many professors there are,

about whom the apostle's words must be reversed, and we must

earnestly wish and pray that their souls might prosper, as their

health and circumstances do! True faith will work by love. A

good report is due from those who receive good; they could not

but testify to the church, what they found and felt. Good men

will rejoice in the soul prosperity of others; and they are glad

to hear of the grace and goodness of others. And as it is a joy

to good parents, it will be a joy to good ministers, to see

their people adorn their profession. Gaius overlooked petty

differences among serious Christians, and freely helped all who

bore the image, and did the work of Christ. He was upright in

what he did, as a faithful servant. Faithful souls can hear

their own praises without being puffed up; the commendation of

what is good in them, lays them at the foot of the cross of

Christ. Christians should consider not only what they must do,

but what they may do; and should do even the common actions of

life, and of good-will, after a godly sort, serving God therein,

and designing his glory. Those who freely make known Christ's

gospel, should be helped by others to whom God gives the means.

Those who cannot themselves proclaim it, may yet receive, help,

and countenance those who do so.
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