Bible: 3 John 5:5-11

The Charge to Gaius

1:5 Dear friend, 1  you demonstrate faithfulness 2  by whatever you do for the brothers (even though they are strangers). 1:6 They 3  have testified to your love before the church. 4  You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 5  1:7 For they have gone forth 6  on behalf of “The Name,” 7  accepting nothing from the pagans. 8  1:8 Therefore we 9  ought to support such people, so that we become coworkers in cooperation with the truth. 10 

Diotrephes the Troublemaker

1:9 I wrote something to the church, 11  but Diotrephes, 12  who loves to be first among them, does not acknowledge us. 13  1:10 Therefore, if I come, 14  I will call attention to the deeds he is doing 15 the bringing of unjustified charges against us with evil words! And not being content with that, he not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but hinders the people who want to do so and throws them out of the church! 1:11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is bad but what is good. 16  The one who does good is of God; the one who does what is bad has not seen God. 17 

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