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Daily Reading: Hosea 6:1-9:17 ESV, 3 John 1:1-15 ESV, Psalm 126:1-6 ESV, Proverbs 29:12-14 ESV

Daily Verse: “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” (3 John 1:2 ESV)

HUGIAINO (5198): “To have sound health, i.e., be well (in body); fig. to be uncorrupt (true in doctrine).  To be healthy, sound in health.”[1]


John’s greeting to Gaius, a leader of one of the churches in Asia Minor, started with well wishes for his body and soul. Healthy bodies have no illness corrupting them.  When disease attacks the body, it destroys cells, causing harm and not allowing the organs to function correctly. 

Just as with physical bodies, our spiritual wellness can experience corruption.  When a problem rears its ugly head, it can cause much damage if unaddressed.  Called to love all people, we must set boundaries to have healthy relationships within the community and address issues as they arise.

Wounds fester the longer they go without treatment.  In the same way, disunity within the church can happen when problems get ignored.

Live healthily.

Now in our fifties, Ron and I live healthier lifestyles than ever.  We rarely eat fast and processed foods.  Lean meat, life-giving vegetables, and regular exercise help maintain our health.  Praying for long life, we do what we can to preserve the health God gives us.

Becoming healthier takes intention and time.  Our spiritual health depends on our relationship with Jesus.  The more we connect with God, the more He reveals our unhealthy areas, helping us to address the issues and become whole again.

Healthy bodies, minds, and souls happen when we live our lives in obedience to God.  Within scripture, Jesus shows us how to live well.  Remember, Christ didn’t eat at McDonald’s; He walked everywhere and stayed connected to His heavenly Father and followers. Following Jesus’ teachings will lead us to a healthier life.

Ask God to illuminate areas of corruption in your life, whether physical or spiritual.  Become intentional in caring for your health as you apply God’s principles to your life.  Live fully following Jesus’ example, loving God and others well.

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 255) Thomas Nelson

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