I was most happy when some friends arrived and brought the news that you persist in following the way of Truth.
Nothing could make me happier than getting reports that my children continue diligently in the way of Truth!
Dear friend, when you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible.
They've made a full report back to the church here, a message about your love. It's good work you're doing, helping these travelers on their way, hospitality worthy of God himself!
They set out under the banner of the Name, and get no help from unbelievers.
So they deserve any support we can give them. In providing meals and a bed, we become their companions in spreading the Truth.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)