For they are traveling for the Lord a and accept nothing from those who are not Christians. b8
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)