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1:1 I, a ruler in the church, send word to the well loved Gaius, for whom I have true love. 1:2 My loved one, it is my prayer that you may do well in all things, and be healthy in body, even as your soul does well. 1:3 For it gave me great joy when some of the brothers came and gave witness that you had the true faith and were walking in the true way. 1:4 I have no greater joy than to have news that my children are walking in the true way. 1:5 My loved one, you are doing a good work in being kind to those brothers who come from other places; 1:6 Who have given witness to the church of your love for them: and you will do well to send them on their way well cared for, as is right for servants of God: 1:7 For they went out for love of the Name, taking nothing from the Gentiles. 1:8 So it is right for us to take in such men as guests, so that we may take our part in the work of the true faith. 1:9 I sent a letter to the church, but Diotrephes, whose desire is ever to have the first place among them, will not have us there. 1:10 So if I come, I will keep in mind the things he does, talking against us with evil words: and as if this was not enough, he does not take the brothers into his house, and those who are ready to take them in, he keeps from doing so, putting them out of the church if they do. 1:11 My loved one, do not be copying what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God: he who does evil has not seen God. 1:12 Demetrius has the approval of all men and of what is true: and we give the same witness, and you are certain that our witness is true. 1:13 I had much to say to you, but it is not my purpose to put it all down with ink and pen: 1:14 But I am hoping to see you in a short time, and to have talk with you face to face. 1:15 May you have peace. Your friends here send you their love. Give my love to our friends by name.

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1 Sarah R = "Who were the travelling brothers? (vv. 3,7)These brothers may have been teaching elders, chosen by the church like the deacons (Acts 6:3) or possibly by a direct word from God like Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:2). Their ministry was to travel between churches to encourage various congregations, rather than to minister to one church alone. They may have functioned in several ways - as evangelists, teachers or counselors. They were probably supported by various believers like Gaius (vv. 5-6).- The Quest Study Bible note"
2 Sarah R = "Diotrephes is mentioned in one passage of the Bible, in the short letter of 3 John. In brief, Diotrephes was a self-seeking troublemaker in an unnamed local church in the first century. We know nothing of his background, other than he was probably a Gentile (his name means “nurtured by Jupiter”)....From John’s description, we can assume that Diotrephes was a leader, or at least an influential member, in the local church where Gaius was a member. Diotrephes was clearly abusing his position of authority. For some reason he was jealous of the apostles and refused to allow them in his church. Instead of following the command for a pastor to be hospitable and “not quarrelsome” (2 Timothy 3:2–3), Diotrephes was inhospitable and pugnacious. Instead of seeking to be the servant of all (Mark 9:35), Diotrephes loved to be in charge.John says that he is planning a visit to Gaius’s church, and that, when he comes, he will publicly rebuke Diotrephes for his actions (3 John 1:10). The slander, the sectarianism, and the self-seeking would be dealt with. The apostle would not sweep such things under the rug.On the other hand, John commends Gaius for showing hospitality to the itinerant preachers of the gospel who passed through his city (3 John 1:5–8). In fact, Diotrephes, with his inhospitable, self-serving attitude, could be considered the “anti-Gaius.” John’s admonition to Gaius to “not imitate what is evil” (3 John 1:11) is probably another way of saying “don’t be like Diotrephes.”Read more:http://www.gotquestions.org/Diotrephes-in-the-Bible.html#ixzz3X0hiGMjt"
3 Sarah R = "We should follow examples of those living Holy, God-centered lives, people who will encourage us in our faith and walk with Christ."