We always thank God for all of you,5 mentioning you in our prayers.63
We continually remember before our God and Father7 your work produced by faith,8 your labor prompted by love,9 and your endurance inspired by hope10 in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we know, brothers loved by God,11 that he has chosen you,
because our gospel12 came to you not simply with words, but also with power,13 with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know14 how we lived among you for your sake.
You became imitators of us15 and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering,16 you welcomed the message with the joy17 given by the Holy Spirit.18