24We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantlya5mentioning you in our prayers,
remembering before 6our God and Father 7your work of faith and labor of 8love and 9steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we know, 10brothersb loved by God, 11that he has chosen you,
because 12our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and 13in the Holy Spirit and with full 14conviction. You know 15what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
And 16you became imitators of us 17and of the Lord, for 18you received the word in much affliction, 19with the 20joy of the Holy Spirit,