The Message

3 John

1-4 The Pastor, to my good friend Gaius: How truly I love you! We’re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul! I was most happy when some friends arrived and brought the news that you persist in following the way of Truth. Nothing could make me happier than getting reports that my children continue diligently in the way of Truth!

Model the Good

5-8 Dear friend, when you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible. They’ve made a full report back to the church here, a message about your love. It’s good work you’re doing, helping these travelers on their way, hospitality worthy of God himself! They set out under the banner of the Name, and get no help from unbelievers. So they deserve any support we can give them. In providing meals and a bed, we become their companions in spreading the Truth.

9-10 Earlier I wrote something along this line to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves being in charge, denigrates my counsel. If I come, you can be sure I’ll hold him to account for spreading vicious rumors about us.

As if that weren’t bad enough, he not only refuses hospitality to traveling Christians but tries to stop others from welcoming them. Worse yet, instead of inviting them in he throws them out.

11 Friend, don’t go along with evil. Model the good. The person who does good does God’s work. The person who does evil falsifies God, doesn’t know the first thing about God.

12 Everyone has a good word for Demetrius—the Truth itself stands up for Demetrius! We concur, and you know we don’t hand out endorsements lightly.

13-14 I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use pen and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk.

Peace to you. The friends here say hello. Greet our friends there by name.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

3 Yokaana

Nze, Omukadde, mpandiikira ggwe Gayo omwagalwa, gwe njagala mu mazima.

Munnange omwagalwa, nkusabira okole bulungi ebintu byonna era obeere mulamu mu mubiri, nga bw’oli mu mwoyo. Abooluganda bwe nabatuukako kya nsanyusa nnyo bwe bambuulira nti onyweredde mu mazima, era nti mw’otambulira. Tewali kindeetera ssanyu lisinga ng’eryo lye nfuna bwe mpulira nti abaana bange batambulira mu mazima.

Omwagalwa, okola ekintu kya bwesigwa buli lw’okolera abooluganda ebirungi na ddala ababeera ku ŋŋendo ne bw’oba tobamanyi. Baategeeza Ekkanisa omukwano gwe wabalaga awamu ne bye wabakolera. Kibeera kirungi singa obasiibuza ekirabo ekiba kisaanidde. Kubanga baatambulira mu linnya lya Mukama, nga tebakkiriza ebyo abatali bakkiriza bye baabawanga. Noolwekyo ffe ffennyini, ffe tusaana okubalabirira tulyoke tufuuke bakozi bannaabwe mu mazima.

Diyotuleefe ne Demeteriyo

Nawandiikira Ekkanisa ku nsonga eyo, kyokka Diyotuleefe, olw’okwagala okwefuula omukulembeze tatwagala. 10 Bwe ndijja ndibategeeza ebimu ku bintu by’akola, n’ebintu by’atwogerako ebitali birungi, era n’olulimi oluvuma lw’akozesa. Takoma ku kugaana kwaniriza abooluganda abatambuze kyokka, naye n’okulagira alagira abantu abalala nabo, baleme okubaaniriza era abo ababaaniriza agezaako okubagoba mu Kkanisa.

11 Mukwano gwange, togobereranga kyakulabirako ekibi wabula eby’obutuukirivu. Gobereranga ebyo byokka by’olaba nga bya butuukirivu. Kirungi ojjukirenga nti abo abakola eby’obutuukirivu baba bakakasiza ddala nga bwe bali abaana ba Katonda; naye abakola ebitali bya butuukirivu balaga nga bwe bali ewala ne Katonda. 12 Naye buli omu ayogera bya mazima ku Demeteriyo. Nange mwogerako bya mazima byereere. Naye omanyi nga nze njogera mazima.

13 Mbadde na bingi eby’okukugamba, kyokka saagala kubikuwandiikira mu bbaluwa, 14 kubanga nsuubira okukulaba mu bbanga ttono. Kale olwo tuliba na bingi eby’okwogerako ffembi nga tulabaganye amaaso n’amaaso.

15 Emirembe gibeerenga naawe.

Ab’emikwano abali wano bakulamusizza. Nange, mikwano gyange abali eyo, buli omu munnamusize.