1I, 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.2I love you because of the truth that is alive in us. That truth will be with us forever.3God 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.4It 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.5Dear 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.6The 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.7Many 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.8Watch out that you don't lose what you have worked for. Make sure that you get your complete reward.9Some people run ahead of others. They don't follow the teaching of Christ. People like that don't belong to God. But those who follow the teaching of Christ belong to the Father and the Son.10Suppose someone comes to you and doesn't teach these truths. Then don't take him into your house. Don't welcome him.11Anyone who welcomes him shares in his evil work.12I have a lot to write to you. But I don't want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope I can visit you. Then I can talk with you face to face. That will make our joy complete.13The children of your chosen sister send their greetings.
1I, the elder, am writing this letter. I am sending it to you, my dear friend Gaius. I love you because of the truth.2Dear friend, I know that your spiritual life is going well. I pray that you also may enjoy good health. And I pray that everything else may go well with you.3Some believers came to me and told me that you are faithful to the truth. They told me that you continue to live by it. That gave me great joy.4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are living by the truth.5Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the believers. You are faithful even though they are strangers to you.6They have told the church about your love. Please help them by sending them on their way in a manner that honors God.7They started on their journey to serve Jesus Christ. They didn't receive any help from those who aren't believers.8So we should welcome people like them. We should work together with them for the truth.9I wrote to the church. But Diotrephes won't have anything to do with us. He loves to be the first in everything.10So if I come, I will point out what he is doing. He is saying evil things about us to others. Even that doesn't satisfy him. He refuses to welcome other believers. He also keeps others from welcoming them. In fact, he throws them out of the church.11Dear friend, don't be like those who do evil. Be like those who do good. Anyone who does what is good belongs to God. Anyone who does what is evil hasn't really seen or known God.12Everyone says good things about Demetrius. He lives in keeping with the truth. We also say good things about him. And you know that our witness is true.13I have a lot to write to you. But I don't want to write with pen and ink.14I hope I can see you soon. Then we can talk face to face. May you have peace. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.