Read 2 John 1:5 Using Other Translations
And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
And now I ask you, dear 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.
I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning.