1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 1 Thessalonians 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (New American Standard)

5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction ; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts. 13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. 14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, 4 For indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction ; and so it came to pass, as you know.

Sanctification and Love

1 Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk ), that you excel still more. 6 and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
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