1 Thessalonians 3:3-5 GNT

3 so that none of you should turn back because of these persecutions. You yourselves know that such persecutions are part of God's will for us.
4 For while we were still with you, we told you ahead of time that we were going to be persecuted; and as you well know, that is exactly what happened.
5 That is why I had to send Timothy. I could not bear it any longer, so I sent him to find out about your faith. Surely it could not be that the Devil had tempted you and all our work had been for nothing!