3 John 1:1-9 NIV

1 The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

References for 3 John 1:1

2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
3 It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.

References for 3 John 1:3

      4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

      References for 3 John 1:4

          5 Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters,a even though they are strangers to you.

          References for 3 John 1:5

            • a 1:5 - The Greek word for "brothers and sisters" ("adelphoi" ) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.
              6 They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God.

              References for 3 John 1:6

              7 It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans.

              References for 3 John 1:7

              8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.
              9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us.