Concerning love for the brothers we do not need to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other;
and you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do it even more.
Also, make it your ambition to live quietly, to mind your own business and to earn your living by your own efforts - just as we told you.
Then your daily life will gain the respect of outsiders, and you will not be dependent on anyone.
Now, brothers, we want you to know the truth about those who have died; otherwise, you might become sad the way other people
do who have nothing to hope for. For since we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, we also believe that in the same way God, through Yeshua, will take with him those who have died.
When we say this, we base it on the Lord's own word: we who remain alive when the Lord comes will certainly not take precedence over those who have died.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a rousing cry, with a call from one of the ruling angels, and with God's shofar; those who died united with the Messiah will be the first to rise;
then we who are left still alive will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we will always be with the Lord.
So encourage each other with these words.