The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth,
because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us for ever:
Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love.
I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children following the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father.
And now I beg you, lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.
And this is love, that we follow his commandments; this is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you follow love.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)