1 I am greeting you, my dear sister in the Lord, whom God has chosen. I am John, an old and respected man, who is writing to you. I am also writing to your children whom I truly love. Tell them that we all love them because we know the truth about who God is.
2 This truth lives inside of us, and it will be with us throughout all the ages.
3 Receive grace, mercy and peace which come from God the Father and from His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s act according to the truth and love.
4 We received a commandment from the Father to live the way the truth teaches us. And I am very glad that your children keep this commandment.
5 My dear sister in the Lord, now I would like to remind you of one more commandment that we must love one another. I am not writing to you about something new. But this is the commandment which God gave us from the very beginning.
6 When we love others, we obey God’s commandments. Remember that from the beginning God told us to love one another.
7 There are many liars in the world. They do not believe that Jesus Christ came to the earth in a human body. Such people deceive others. They are antichrists who are hostile to Christ.
8 That is why you should pay attention to who you listen to. Otherwise, we would lose what we worked on and would not receive full reward.
9 A person who breaks the teachings of Christ and does not act the way Jesus teaches does not belong to God. And a person who lives as Christ teaches belongs to the Father and the Son.
10 Suppose, some person will come to you and start preaching differently from what Christ taught. In this case, do not invite him into your house and do not communicate with him.
11 Do not spend time with such a person so that you would not participate in his evil deeds.
12 I also have a desire to discuss many other things with you. But I don’t want to do it with paper and ink. I hope to come to you and talk about it personally. And this meeting will bring us a lot of joy.
13 The Lord has chosen your sister as well as you. And her children are sending greetings to you. Amen.