This letter is from John the Elder. a It is written to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth.
Dear friend, I am praying that all is well with you and that your body is as healthy as I know your soul is.
Some of the brothers recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living in the truth.
I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children live in the truth.
Dear friend, you are doing a good work for God when you take care of the traveling teachers b who are passing through, even though they are strangers to you.
They have told the church here of your friendship and your loving deeds. You do well to send them on their way in a manner that pleases God.
For they are traveling for the Lord c and accept nothing from those who are not Christians. d8
So we ourselves should support them so that we may become partners with them for the truth.
I sent a brief letter to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, does not acknowledge our authority.
When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the wicked things he is saying about us. He not only refuses to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church.
Dear friend, don't let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God's children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.
But everyone speaks highly of Demetrius, even truth itself. We ourselves can say the same for him, and you know we speak the truth.
I have much to tell you, but I don't want to do it in a letter.
For I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face.
May God's peace be with you.Your friends here send you their greetings. Please give my personal greetings to each of our friends there.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)