1 My dear Gaius, I am greeting you. I am John, an old and respected man, who is writing to you. I love you because I know the truth about who God is.
2 My dear brother, your inner person is growing spiritually. And I pray that along with your spiritual growth you would succeed in everything you do. I also pray that you would be in good health.
3 I was very happy when our brothers in Christ came to me. They confirmed that you sincerely believe in God, and you act according to the teaching of the truth.
4 Most of all I rejoice when I hear that my spiritual children live the way the truth says.
5 My dear Gaius, you take care of brothers and also help strangers. You act like a true believer.
6 The brothers confirmed before the church that you treat all people with love. And now the brothers have come to you, and they are going to continue their journey. If you could provide them with everything they need, then you would do the right thing. And this way you would please God.
7 The brothers went on their journey to preach about Jesus. They did not collect any offering from the Gentiles.
8 We must help such brothers like them. And this way we can work together and spread the truth about God.
9 I wrote a letter to the church that these brothers need help. But Diotrephes who loves showing off his authority wants to do nothing with us.
10 If I am able to come, then I will raise a question about his behavior. Diotrephes speaks about us with hatred and spreads lies. And he doesn’t stop there. He does not allow visiting brothers who need help to come to church. And when other believers want to help them, Diotrephes forbids them to do it. And if they don’t listen to him, he throws such people out of the church.
11 My dear brother, do not follow the example of those who do evil. But follow the example of those who do good. A person who does good deeds belongs to God. And a person who does evil deeds does not understand who God is.
12 I would like to say a few words about Demetrius. Everyone confirms that he has a good reputation. And he does what the truth teaches us. We also confirm this. And you know that we are telling the truth.
13 I also have a desire to discuss many other things with you. But I don’t want to do it with paper and ink.
14 I hope to see you soon, and then we can talk about it personally.
15 I wish you God’s peace. Your friends are sending greetings to you. And you also greet all our friends on my behalf. Amen.