I, the elder, am writing this letter. I am sending it to the chosen lady and her children. I love all of you because of the truth. I'm not the only one who loves you. So does everyone who knows the truth.
I love you because of the truth that is alive in us. That truth will be with us forever.
God the Father and Jesus Christ his Son will give you grace, mercy and peace. Those blessings will be with us because we love the truth.
It has given me great joy to find some of your children living by the truth. That's just what the Father commanded us to do.
Dear lady, I'm not writing you a new command. I'm writing a command we've had from the beginning. I'm asking that we love one another.
The way we show our love is to obey God's commands. He commands you to lead a life of love. That's what you have heard from the beginning.
Many people who try to fool others have gone out into the world. They don't agree that Jesus Christ came in a human body. People like that try to trick others. They are enemies of Christ.
Watch out that you don't lose what you have worked for. Make sure that you get your complete reward.