Bible: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

3:1 So when we could bear it no longer, we decided to stay on in Athens 1  alone. 3:2 We 2  sent Timothy, our brother and fellow worker for God 3  in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen you and encourage you about your faith, 3:3 so that no one would be shaken by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this. 3:4 For in fact when we were with you, we were telling you in advance that we would suffer affliction, and so it has happened, as you well know. 4  3:5 So 5  when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter somehow tempted you and our toil had proven useless.

3:6 But now Timothy has come 6  to us from you and given us the good news of your faith and love and that you always think of us with affection 7  and long to see us just as we also long to see you! 8  3:7 So 9  in all our distress and affliction, we were reassured about you, brothers and sisters, 10  through your faith. 3:8 For now we are alive again, 11  if you stand firm in the Lord. 3:9 For how can we thank God enough for you, 12  for all the joy we feel 13  because of you before our God? 3:10 We pray earnestly night and day to see you in person 14  and make up what may be lacking in your faith.

3:11 Now may God our Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 3:12 And may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you, 3:13 so that your hearts are strengthened in holiness to be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. 15 

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