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3 John 1:14a
I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
John was speaking to his friend Gaius in this letter, and this man is one of five different men that are mentioned in the New Testament with the same name. Theologians say there is no reason to believe that Gaius mentioned here was any of the others. Most likely, he was a man of means who had blessed a church or the churches in some financial way, or had unusual influence in his region. At least many historians tend to agree on this identification. Whoever he was, he was a trusted friend of John the Beloved’s, and what John needed to say to him was so private John felt as though he had to see him face to face in order to deliver the message.
“Some Things Must Be Dealt With Face To Face.” I believe this with all of my heart. Not just because others may somehow see a text or an email or hear a voice message that wasn’t intended for them, but also because, face to face meetings are not just private, they are better understood than any other means of communication. Voice inflections by a person are sometimes indicators of what is really being said. A look in one’s eye, or possibly a frown, or even a thumbs up can’t always be realized on a cell call or a written statement. When you have something really important to say, try and say it face to face. Some of you reading this post should consider FaceTime if you don’t already have it. That’s better than getting on a plane. But at the time, all John could do was to travel distances by foot in order to deliver a private message. Why? Because, “Some Things Must Be Dealt With Face To Face.”
Help me deliver important private issues that aren’t meant for the whole world, face to face. It’s not always easy for this to happen, but John sure encouraged us all to do it for all time. Please help me use better wisdom when communicating important information. Amen