1Greetings from the Elder. To the lady chosen by God and to her children: I love all of you in the truth. Also, all those people who know the truth love you. 2We love you because of the truth—the truth that lives in us. That truth will be with us forever. 3Grace ˻(kindness)˼, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from his Son, Jesus Christ. We receive these blessings through truth and love. 4I was very happy to learn about some of your children. I am happy that they are following the way of truth, like the Father ˻(God)˼ commanded us. 5And now, dear lady, I tell you: We should all love each other. This is not a new command. It is the same command we had from the beginning. 6And loving means living the way he commanded us to live. And God’s command is this: that you live a life of love. You heard this command from the beginning. 7Many false teachers are in the world now. These false teachers refuse to confess ˻(say)˼ that Jesus Christ came to earth and became a man. A person who refuses to confess this fact is a false teacher and an enemy of Christ. 8Be careful! Don’t lose the reward that you have worked for. Be careful, so that you will receive all of your reward. 9A person must continue to follow only the teaching about Christ. If a person changes that teaching, then that person does not have God. But if a person continues following the teaching of Christ, then that person has both the Father ˻(God)˼ and the Son ˻(Christ)˼. 10If a person comes to you, but does not bring this teaching, then don’t accept him into your house. Don’t welcome him. 11If you accept him, then you are helping him with his evil work. 12I have much to say to you. But I don’t want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to come visit you. Then we can be together and talk. That will make us very happy. 13The children of your sister who was chosen by God send you their love.