So when we couldn't stand being separated from you any longer and could find no way to visit you ourselves, we stayed in Athens
and sent Timothy to get you up and about, cheering you on so you wouldn't be discouraged by these hard times. He's a brother and companion in the faith, God's man in spreading the Message, preaching Christ.
Not that the troubles should come as any surprise to you. You've always known that we're in for this kind of thing. It's part of our calling.
When we were with you, we made it quite clear that there was trouble ahead. And now that it's happened, you know what it's like.
That's why I couldn't quit worrying; I had to know for myself how you were doing in the faith. I didn't want the Tempter getting to you and tearing down everything we had built up together.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)