(Tap footnote to read it. Old Testament quotations are underlined. "Love" with a caret ("^love") is agapé.1"agapé" The Greek words ἀγάπη (agapé, noun), and ἀγαπάω (agapaó; verb) are typically translated "love". However, unlike our English word "love" – which primarily speaks of affection and feelings – agapé centers on choice and behavior. It’s the "love" based on will, choice, behavior, and action; not feelings. (Feelings-based love is the Greek word φιλέω (phileó), which properly means "brotherly love/affection".) Thus, you could hate someone passionately and still treat him with "agapé". Agapé "love" is best understood as the pursuit of what is most beneficial to someone or something, regardless of the cost to yourself or the type of response received from the person or thing. It can also indicate a preference for someone or something over other things. )
Walking in Truth
- The elder, to the elect lady and her children who I ^love in truth. And not only I, but also all the men who *know the truth,
- because of the truth which remains in us, and it will be with us through the age.
- Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus the Anointed, the Son of the Father, in truth and ^love.
- I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, just as we received a commandment from the Father.
- And now I ask you lady – not as writing a new commandment to you, but what we had from the beginning – that we might ^love one another.
- And this is ^love: that we walk according to His commandments. And this is the commandment, just as you heard from the beginning so you might walk in it,
- because many deceivers went out into the world; the men who don’t confess Jesus the Anointed coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the anti-anointed.
- Watch yourselves, so you might not lose what we worked for, but might receive back a full wage.
- Every man who goes too far and doesn’t remain in the teaching of the Anointed doesn’t have God. But the man who remains in the teaching; this man has both the Father and the Son.
- If anyone comes to you and doesn’t bear this teaching, don’t receive him into the house, and don’t say to him “Greetings!”
- for the man who says to him “Greetings!” participates in his evil works.
- Having many thing to write to you, I resolved not to do so with paper and ink. But I expect to come to you and to speak mouth to mouth so our joy might be *filled.
- The children of your elect sister greet you. [Amen]
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