1 Thessalonians 1:5-6; 1 Thessalonians 2:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:17
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.
You also became imitators of us and of the Lord , having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit,
but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition.
But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short while -in person, not in spirit -were all the more eager with great desire to see your face.