1Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you.2Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer.3But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.4And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you.5May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.
4How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.5I 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.6Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.7I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist.8Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward.9Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.10If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement.11Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.