Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. -3John 1:2 NKJV

In writing to Gaius, John seems to understand the multifaceted aspects of what it means to be healthy. Psychē, the Greek word translated soul, is used 105 times in the New Testament. Sometimes it is rendered soul. In other places life. Good health seems to encompass the inner and outer aspects of our bodies. One can be healthy in body but sick in soul.

Yet I think that health is a somewhat relative term. We are all unhealthy in some way. No one is perfect in body or psychology. We are all works in progress. Some of us wear glasses. As we age our bodies slow down. Sometimes our minds fail us. It is why it is important to pray for each other. Not from a position of perfection but from one of weakness.

We acknowledge our need for your healing touch Lord. Please bring health to our bodies and our souls.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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