1 Thessalonians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:14

4 Knowing , brethren beloved , your election of God.
4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak ; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: