1 Thessalonians 31We felt we could not wait any longer. So we thought it best to stay at the city of Athens alone. 2And we sent our brother Timothy to you. He works for God by telling the good news about Christ. We sent him to help you be strong and to encourage you in what you believe. 3We do not want anyone to give up because of the trouble. You yourselves know that we all will surely have trouble. 4When we were with you, we told you that we would have trouble. Trouble came. And now you know what we said is true. 5That is why I could not wait any longer. I sent Timothy to find out if you were still believing. I was afraid that Satan had tried you too much. Then our work would have been for nothing. 6But now Timothy has come back to us from you. He has brought us the good news that you are still believing and have love in your hearts. He has told us that you always remember us. He also told us that you want to see us, just as we want to see you. 7My brothers, the way you believe has comforted us in all our troubles. 8It gives us new life now to know that you are standing strong in the Lord. 9We cannot thank God enough for you. We are very happy about you as we talk to God. 10Night and day we ask God that we may see you face to face. We want to help you know more about what you believe. 11Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, open the way for us to come to you. 12May the Lord make you stronger in your love for each other. Love others in the way we love you. 13We want the Lord to help you to stand strong. And then, when the Lord Jesus comes with all God’s people, you will be holy in the eyes of our God and Father. He will see no fault in you.
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