Earlier I wrote something along this line to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves being in charge, denigrates my counsel.
If I come, you can be sure I'll hold him to account for spreading vicious rumors about us. As if that weren't bad enough, he not only refuses hospitality to traveling Christians but tries to stop others from welcoming them. Worse yet, instead of inviting them in he throws them out.
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