The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.
I was overjoyed when some of the friends a arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how you walk in the truth.
I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, b even though they are strangers to you;
they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God;
for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, c accepting no support from non-believers. d8
Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth.
I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.
So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing in spreading false charges against us. And not content with those charges, he refuses to welcome the friends, e and even prevents those who want to do so and expels them from the church.
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