Dear friends, we have these promises from God, so we should make ourselves pure -- free from anything that makes body or soul unclean. We should try to become holy in the way we live, because we respect God.
Open your hearts to us. We have not done wrong to anyone, we have not ruined the faith of anyone, and we have not cheated anyone.
I do not say this to blame you. I told you before that we love you so much we would live or die with you.
I feel very sure of you and am very proud of you. You give me much comfort, and in all of our troubles I have great joy.
When we came into Macedonia, we had no rest. We found trouble all around us. We had fighting on the outside and fear on the inside.
But God, who comforts those who are troubled, comforted us when Titus came.