Romans 16:1-2 “I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, 2 that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also.”
Throughout the written word from the Apostles of Jesus Christ, there is a pattern of commendation! Note:
Philippians 2:19-24 “But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.”
2 Corinthians 8:23 “If anyone inquires about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker concerning you. Or if our brethren are inquired about, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.”
Also see: Romans 16:3-16; 1 Corinthians 16:3; Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 4:7-9; Philippians 2:25-30; 3 John 12.
Just as there was a pattern of approval, there was also a pattern of warning for the ship wrecked and the blatant false teachers.
1 Timothy 1:19-20 “having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.”
2 Timothy 1:15 “This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.”
These patterns did not exist in order to establish clicks, or popularity status; they existed for the improved function of the body of Christ; or as warning to the faithful to be on guard against those who would do her harm, or to warn those who were straying away from safety of walking in light (1 John 1:7).
If the Apostles of the Lord were to evaluate us in a letter to the brethren; “WHAT WOULD THEY SAY ABOUT ME?”
1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”