1From the Elder: greetings to my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in truth. 2My dear friend, I hope everything is going happily with you and that you are as well physical y as youare spiritual y. 3It was a great joy to me when some brothers came and told of your faithfulness to the truth, and of yourlife in the truth. 4It is always my greatest joy to hear that my children are living according to the truth. 5My dear friend, you have done loyal work in helping these brothers, even though they were strangers toyou. 6They are a proof to the whole Church of your love and it would be a kindness if you could help them ontheir journey as God would approve. 7It was entirely for the sake of the name that they set out, without depending on the non-believers foranything: 8it is our duty to welcome people of this sort and contribute our share to their work for the truth. 9I have written a note for the members of the church, but Diotrephes, who enjoys being in charge of it,refuses to accept us. 10So if I come, I shal tel everyone how he has behaved, and about the wicked accusations he has beencirculating against us. As if that were not enough, he not only refuses to welcome our brothers, but prevents fromdoing so other people who would have liked to, and expels them from the church. 11My dear friend, never fol ow a bad example, but keep fol owing the good one; whoever does what isright is from God, but no one who does what is wrong has ever seen God. 12Demetrius has been approved by everyone, and indeed by Truth itself. We too wil vouch for him andyou know that our testimony is true. 13There were several things I had to tel you but I would rather not trust them to pen and ink. 14However, I hope to see you soon and talk to you in person. 15Peace be with you; greetings from your friends; greet each of our friends by name.
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