And I know that I am right to think like this about all of you, because I have you in my heart. All of you share in God's grace with me while I am in prison and while I am defending and proving the truth of the Good News.
God knows that I want to see you very much, because I love all of you with the love of Christ Jesus.
This is my prayer for you: that your love will grow more and more; that you will have knowledge and understanding with your love;
that you will see the difference between good and bad and will choose the good; that you will be pure and without wrong for the coming of Christ;
that you will do many good things with the help of Christ to bring glory and praise to God.
I want you brothers and sistersn to know that what has happened to me has helped to spread the Good News.
All the palace guards and everyone else knows that I am in prison because I am a believer in Christ.
Because I am in prison, most of the believers have become more bold in Christ and are not afraid to speak the word of God.
It is true that some preach about Christ because they are jealous and ambitious, but others preach about Christ because they want to help.
They preach because they have love, and they know that God gave me the work of defending the Good News.
But the others preach about Christ for selfish and wrong reasons, wanting to make trouble for me in prison.